Based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the inspiring story of an eight-year-old boy, Bruno (Asa Butterfield), who strikes up an unusual friendship with a Jewish boy during World War II.
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Seeing the Holocaust through the eyes of the children was inevitably going to be a tough experience. The film mostly succeeds in terms of narrative, emotional punch and cinematography... It just bugged me that it was spoken in English and not in German. Great actors (Farmiga! Thewlis!), and seeing a young Rupert Friend as a vicious blond nazi soldier was... kinda hot (sorry!).
Strong period drama that manages to deal with a very serious, heartfelt subject without ever seeming heavy-handed or getting sentimental. Well-crafted by writer-director Mark Herman with excellent performances by the very underrated Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis, as well as superb performances from young actors Asa Butterfield and Jack Scanlon.
This film may not have wholy portrayed the horrors of the holocaust, but it's about the persistence of innocence. I found the simplicity of the depiction more haunting, to be honest.. By the end of the movie, I felt empty.. and trapped in a glass case of some emotion that won't let me shed a tear... beautiful film.
Am i supposed to cry because the commandant's son gets wrongly gassed as opposed to an entire race being wiped out? The humanity perceived through the eyes of an innocent child is entirely moving and honest...but holocaust is an ultra-sensitive subject, and no one is allowed to make mistakes
Production qualities and tone in the first part aside, this movie tells a really touching little story from a different perspective when it comes to the Holocaust, making it into a nice study of how innocence comes into contact with industrialized brutality. Has a very sad twist at the end too.
This might work for a child audience, esp. those who might not readily identify with Holocaust victims. But wooden acting from the adults and wooden filming /sets /props made this look like a cheap TV movie.
I understand those who dislike it for political reasons, but that wasn't why I rate it low. There's no menace/insight, perhaps because of the child-like innocence so crucial to the story, just sentimentality.
I don't like at all children to be used in any movie or even in commercials. No matter what; especially not, when it comes to the Holocaust. The Holocaust is such a measureless crime against humanity & incredible horrific, it shouldn't be framed with children.