Edges of the Lord Reviews
One problem that I had with the film was that I thought a lot of the adult actors were miscast. That was a bit distracting to me. Also the scenes of violence involving children were shocking. It reminded me of scenes that I would see in Lord of the Flies. There is one shocking scene in this film that reminded me of a famous scene in the film Hounddog starring Dakota Fanning. I know it is to show the horror during that time period, but I thought that the way it was handled here, wasn't done correctly.
I do recommend the film especially for the performances of Haley, Willem, and the children in the movie.
Priest: We are all scraps, Romek, and we are all blessed the same.
Romek: But not all the people right?"
As you can expect with the majority of films with Haley Joel Osment, they will be heartfelt and heartbreaking. Riveting, and touching. This one was no exception. Haley Osment plays another emotionally charged role, this time as a Jewish boy, Romek, during WWII seeking refuge with German allies. As with any rated R films you can expect to be introduced to Violence and Sexual Content/Situations. This film actually had a low balance of the three and instead focused instead on plot/character development. However, they still are there. This film should be watched by mature audiences only to avoid potential emotional stress as well as explanation of mature content.
It had me in tears.
A lot of the typical cliches for a "new kid in town" can be applied to the initial scenes where Haley-Joel's character moves in with the new family. The movie looks as if it were filmed on a small portion of land with little diversity and the backgrounds are bland. The sympathy evoked has a lot to do with the history behind the situation in the movie ... not the acting.
I just feel that it's important to recognize the difference between the subject matter and the quality of the movie. If the events were fictitious in their roots, as opposed to historical, I feel the ratings on this movie would drop all across the boards.
Oh, and just to help put a stamp on my point, the movie cover itself has a note that says "In the tradition of Life Is Beautiful" or something like that. This movie is in NO way similar other than ... oh yeah! That's right! It's based on World War II persecution! That makes sense ... okay ... I see how it is a similar movie now. Yeah ... *rolls eyes*