Brendan Kids Choice Fraser returns to the multiplex day-care as Mo Folchart, antiquarian-book-repairman-cum-adventurer and member of a race of Silvertonguesthose who, when they read aloud, can suck people out of and into the texts theyre reciting from. Mo has abstained from practicing his gift ever since, when reading some limited-press-run subTerry Brooks fantasy, the titular Inkheart, his wife was slurped off into limbo just as a motley assortment of the books roughs popped off the page. All of this is retrospectively revealed to Mos daughter when Inkhearts villains catch up with Dad as hes scouring obscure booksellers looking for a copy of The Book so he can reverse the switch. The Capo of the baddies, Capricorn (Andy Serkis), doesnt want to go back into bindery and so orders copies of Inkheart put out of print by a private army of book-burning brigands operating from a castle whose dungeon holds a menagerie of literary beasties that include Frank Baum flying monkeys and a J.M. Barrie ticking croc. It all smacks of that overdone passion for literature common in English teachers who send any healthy-minded kid running from books. Bibliophile characters exclaim: What in the name of Chaucers beard?, For the love of Thomas Hardy!, and Great galloping Knut Hamsuns! (I made just one of those up.) Fraser intones, The written word: Its a powerful thing, as though sitting for his Reading Is FUNdamental poster.
Iain SoftleyBrendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis, Sienna Guillory, Eliza Hope Bennett, Rafi GavronDavid Lindsay-Abaire, Cornelia FunkeIain Softley, Diana Pokorny, Cornelia Funke, Barry MendelWarner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema