I was there early so had time to wander. Very few people about. Even less in the shops. Is Tauranga CBD dying? The same thought occurred to me the last time I was there. The movie theatre was busy. The cafés were busy. It is only my opinion but I think there are better shops at Bethlehem Town Centre and Gate Pa shopping centre and probably Bayfair though I don't go there often. Maybe I am too old now to be an enthusiastic shopper? Maybe there are too many empty shops?
I went to see the movie The Book Thief.The theatre was packed( wet day ). I thought the movie made a fair job of portraying a book I totally rated as a good read. The reviews I have read of the movie were much harsher.Two and a half or three out of five. I will give it four out of five. I think the characters were well played especially Liesel . I could overlook that the reality and brutality of life then in Germany were not harsh enough. Yes being in river water in the middle of a German Winter should have caused hypothermia; the bodies after the bomb blast should have been more mangled and Liesel should have aged more. There was a deathly hush over the audience as the movie ended so that told me it had an impact.
I would recommend going to see it. Also if you haven't seen Judy Dench in Philomena that is worth seeing too. There again I think she was portrayed as too old for the part she was playing. She was only mid sixties.
Has anyone else got any movie or book recommendations?