The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us.
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
I teach English in the Netherlands and one of the things that has always bothered me is the fact that this generation of kids here just doesn't read anymore. They don't read Dutch novels, let alone English ones. Each year there are maybe a handful of students in their exam year who actually enjoy reading and read novels other than the ones they have to read for school.
One of the traits of modern education is a somewhat exaggerated focus on the stragglers, the ones that need that bit of extra help to reach the goals set for the completion of their career in education. While I think that this is most certainly necessary, I do feel that this often…
Exploring the horrors of the darkest period in human history & told from the viewpoint of an 8-year old boy, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a strong, heartfelt story of a forbidden friendship formed between a German boy of a Nazi official & a Jewish boy in an extermination camp and it's the evolution of their innocent relationship only that makes this film work.
Slow yet engaging in its narration, very well directed, elegantly photographed, nicely edited, wonderfully performed & calmly scored, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a simple yet effective Holocaust drama that manages to grasp your attention throughout its runtime and delivers a final twist so powerful & haunting that it's gonna leave you completely astounded, speechless & devastated in the end.
One of the breakout pieces of literature from the last decade, John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was always likely to become a movie and pretty fast, given the potentially award baiting subject matter combining childhood innocence with the pure evil of extreme Nazism, but Mark Herman's film ends up being a faithful if essentially toothless adaptation. It drew criticism in a fair few quarters for depicting a rose tinted view of the Holocaust, failing to be too unflinching in its view of the concentration camps and perhaps being too sympathetic to the Nazis who essentially make up our protagonists. You can see their point, Herman more interested in twanging the heart strings through Asa Butterfield's young main…
He used to be a doctor once, but gave it all up to peel potatoes.
Based on John Boyne's 2006 novel of the same name we follow Bruno, an eight year old child of a concentration camp commandant, as he makes his own assumptions of what the camp and it's prisoners are as no one is prepared to explain it to him. He makes friends with an 8 year old Jewish boy as he wonders why the farmers on the other side of the fence work in their pajamas.
Bruno makes assumptions on what the camp is because even though it is now walking distance from their new home, no one seems willing to tell him what's going on.…
When I first saw this movie, it got to me. It made me feel like shit. At the time, I interpreted that as meaning this was an emotionally powerful movie. Upon further reflection, I've realized what it really means: this movie is a morally bankrupt, absolutely reprehensible piece of shit.
What is the single best ways to toy with an audience's emotions?
Kill a kid.
This movie does it twice. Ooh, how bold. How daring. This movie is really impressive because it doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of war, right?
Oh, wait, wrong. Because the movie isn't saying anything. Really, what is it saying? World War 2 was bad? Innocence fucks people over? Okay. We get it. What…
The boy in the striped pajamas isn't the best way of telling a story because of its pace issues but it has wonderful child performances and a heart pounding ending.
It wasn't particularly bad, but it wasn't particularly good either. I can't really put my finger on it, but I just didn't really find it very compelling. The storyline is good, so it must've been something to do with the acting or directing that left me a bit bored. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone really.
I knew the subject matter of this film was going to be depressing but what i didn't know, having not read the book, was just how desperately sad the ending would be. I mean tears streaming, me screaming and my heart bleeding! Asa Butterfield put in a perfect performance and will no doubt be very successful in his future roles. I really don't know what else to say. Think I'm still in shock!
I hate this movie
Don't watch this movie
Film #23 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge!
Task#17: A depressing film
I've been putting off watching this one because I'm generally not interested in depressing shit. Asa Butterfield was pretty much the only thing I liked in this film, the kid was born to act. The last ten minutes had me yelling "what the fuck???" at the screen over and over again, up until then it was super boring, and filled with plot holes. I think my main problem with this is innocent =/= dumb, and that's how the kids were portrayed.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas offers a different view point of World War II, like a canvas painted by different mediums. With the devaluation of human life at its core, the film asks "whose life is more worthless" and "who is the real monster". Witnessed through the eyes of a young German boy, this film demands your attention on nearly the same plain a Schindler's List, the score demands to be listened to, and its pain demands to be felt. One of the best films I've ever seen.
I think it’s enough to say that the film left me shocked and with my heart broken. It is, as a whole, absolutely harrowing. But in the final act, especially in the last 15, maybe 10 minutes, I was absolutely shattered. I felt devastated. And I won’t be able to forget that door. And the soundtrack.
Oh, and it’s so true: hatred and intolerance aren’t things that are born with people. Unfortunately, in this regard, adult humans are the only ones to be blamed.
Man oh man... that good for nothin' Hitler was sick with madness long before WWII started. Well now I know, a dark, brutal, and cruel chapter in the years of WWII... THE HOLOCAUST! U.S. citizens and soldiers had no idea that any event such as the Holocaust was going on. I thought this film ''The boy in the striped pajamas'' was an ok film along with THE EXPECTION OF AN ANGER DRIVEN NAZI GIVING DOMESTIC ABUSE TO A JEW WHO WORKS AS A SERVANT... NOW WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES THAT!?!?!? THAT IS JUST SOWING THE SEEDS OF PREJUDICE! and besides I didn't blame the Jews for letting Germany lose WWI any way... because I know my war history. Well you gotta give ''The boy in the striped pajamas'' credit, because this film was the debut of Asa Butterfield.
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