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Movie review of the boy in striped pajamas., gives a brief description of the characters, story-line and the elements of movie.
Opening up with a waving Nazi flag, The boy in Striped Pajamas is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by John Boyne. The director of the movie is Mark Merman and prduced by Davied Hayman. The movie was released on 12th September 2008.
The flag itself gives us a hint about the location and time in which the movie is set. The location is Berlin. The time is of the World War ll, which also gives us the little idea about the theme. The poster of the movie features our two young protagonist Bruno and Shmuel sitting astride fence. Bruno playedby Asa Butterfield is dressed up in neat and tidy shirt, sweater and shorts. Whereas Shmuel, played by Jack Scanlon, is seen behind the fence is dressed in striped overall suit which is very filthy, totally opposite of Bruno. This also shows us the different sides of the same community. It gives the powerful and unusual view of the Holocaust. Now in this movie review the boy in striped pajamas we’ll see the story line and different aspect about the movie.
The story follows an 8 year old German boy named Bruno. A simple-minded and naive child, who’s living in the time of World War II in Berlin. He lives with his older sister Gretel (Amber Beattie), his mother Elsa (Vera Farmiga) and his Nazi father Ralph (David Thewlis). But that life suddenly changes after his father’s dinner with Hitler. His father is promoted as Commandant. So, the whole family moves to Oshawa.
From there life becomes less fun for poor Bruno, leaving behind his three best friends. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house to explore his surroundings. One day during his exploration, finds Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy of his age. From there an unlikely friendship grows between these two kids that makes a bold statement about the world around them.
While his friendship with Shmuel wouldn’t necessarily be called courageous (Bruno is bored and unaware, and Shmuel is the only friend available). It does reveal the beauty of innocence, which underscores the wickedness of the adults’ cruelty. And while Bruno is at first intimidated into siding with his father’s and the surrounding soldiers’ hateful opinions of his Jewish friends, he realizes that something is very wrong, and he questions his dad’s moral goodness and teachings of Herr Liszt (his home tutor) that “There is such thing as a nice Jew, though, isn’t there?” to which the tutor replies “I think, Bruno, if you ever found a nice Jew, you would be the best explorer in the world.”
One day Shmuel’s father goes missing at the “farm” (Concentration camp). Bruno offers to help his friend search for him, saying, “It will be like an adventure!” Shmuel gets a pair of spare “pajamas” for Bruno so he won’t draw attention. Bruno digs a (precise and impossibly large) trench under the fence. until he comes face to face with the horror inside the fence. But when he sees enough to become frightened, he gathers himself and makes a clear decision to face his fear in order to help his friend.
The perspective of the movie is praise worthy. The story follows the point of view of an 8 year old boy. It’s like revisiting the horrors of Germany with a child’s curiosity. A child, who doesn’t understand the reason behind the difference between him and Shmuel. Despite the adults around him who humiliate Jews. Bruno ultimately learns to see Shmuel and Pavel (their Jew servant) through the lens of his own positive, firsthand experience with them.
It is overall a must watch movie. It is set against the horror of the Holocaust, Bruno’s inexperience and investigative spirit look that much more innocent. The boy’s inability to understand prejudice and killing, and his natural, ability to see Jews as real human. It brings starkly contrast with Nazi cruelty, brightly illuminating the viciousness and irrationality of the bloodshed. A significant plot twist, demonstrates with breathtaking force. And how the consequences of evil behavior eventually affect all those involved, perpetrators included.
The Boy in Striped Pajamas also illustrates how powerful words and images are. Bruno, who likely represents thousands of his contemporaries, doesn’t always know what to make of his father’s job. That is, until a propaganda film he sees calls the death camp—the “farm”—a wonderful place with “hearty, nutritious meals,” and the camera shows seemingly happy Jews smiling and waving. After the film, Bruno proudly hugs his father.
It’s often said that if history is forgotten, it’s likely to be repeated. So, perhaps the most profitable thing about the film is the fact that—without including any of the gore and explicit violence seen in similar films—it reminds us about our global history of brutality. We must recall and keep recalling the Holocaust and other atrocities like it. And never overlook the millions who have needlessly died at the hand of hatred and greed.
Heartbreaking and soul-rending! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is, one more piece of the puzzle that ultimately forms the picture of who we were, who we are and who we don’t want to become.
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