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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) Reviews

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January 4, 2017
What a devastating time and movie, well written and incredibly moving, very well acted.
December 30, 2016
A must watch for drama fans! Very strong story.
½ December 8, 2016
A tad simplistic in its approach of a very serious subject but I can't really fault the intention. The film is structurally well-made, the performances vary from adequate to exceptional, and the journey is solid in its pace.

If you can overlook the fact that the narrative seems intent on dictating our emotions by threads of forced melodrama, you'll do well to put this little depressive nugget of cinema on your "to watch" list.
½ December 3, 2016
A different take on WWII stories with a kids perspective throughout. There is a complicated friendship at the center, but the dark, twisted, and haunted ending puts the finishing touches on a crushing movie.
November 19, 2016
great and emotional movie, very sad but executed very well, and a perfect depiction of a fictional event, that takes place during a real event (The Holocaust)
October 27, 2016
Very well done. Emotional and thoughtful.
October 16, 2016
Imagine yourself in the 1940?s at the location of a site where dozens of people were being held captive and forced to work against their will. Imagine yourself, being a kind-hearted, little boy being thrown into a difficult position and having to choose between your family or the right thing to do, what would you do? The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an award-winning emotional rollercoaster created in 2008, filled with high?s and low?s and gives viewers a guaranteed tearful response upon viewing and analyzing this magnificent film.
The film follows Bruno played by then child actor Asa Butterfield (Asa Butterfield, Actor), a young boy whose father just received a job to oversee captives at a Nazi ?Concentration Camp?. Bruno is thrust into a risky situation when his curiosity strikes him and he ventures out of his family quarters against his father?s wishes and find a young boy named Shmuel, played by Jack Scanlon, (Jack Scanlon Actor). Hungry, tired and depressed Shmuel begins to vent to Bruno about his family and his new, unfortunate, life. The duo eventually befriends one another and are set on a mission to find Shmuel?s father. Bruno ends up disguising himself as a captive and both of the young boys end up in the Concentration Camp to embark on finding the lost man. Unknowingly, the boys are shoved into a Gas Chamber where they both end up with an emotional demise. Bruno?s father is the biggest opposing force in this film as he keeps Bruno sheltered from the harsh reality that he is taking a part of. Viewers are left trying to piece things together and are shocked and in need of a bit more screen time to recuperate from the disastrous ending.
Film Director Mark Herman, (The Boy In The Striped Pajamas Director Mark Herman) used this film to pull at the heart strings of audiences from all different backgrounds and viewpoints. The slow, dreary aesthetics of this film sets a remarkable tone for a large concentration of the plot. The setting of this film takes place on a lush farmland filled with babbling brooks and rolling hills. This set the need for the viewer to emphasize and focus on the plot and the true meaning of this film. In addition to the emotional circumstances and film art, the Director shown a positive, yet temporary light of the horrific 19th century event that this film is based on known as the ?Holocaust?. It gives viewers hope for what could have been a real-life event of a two normal little boys based in 1940 Germany. Continuing, the movie has the audience tugging from different character sides and selecting the father as the biggest opposing force to the end result of the film. The learning experience this movie presents to the viewer is spectacular and a marvelous reflection piece on a real life event. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is guaranteed to be a film that gives viewers a connection piece to real life event?s that may have happened during their lives.
Fellow Reviewer, Simon Reynolds, (Simon Reynolds, Reviewer) used the following remark when reviewing this film ?This bleak World War II drama practically hands you a tissue and begs you to cry?. This statement isn?t necessarily true and shows an opposing opinion due to my positive light on this film. In an argumentative response, the film shown a realistic side to a catastrophic event that happened in history. The film gives the viewer a large enough and complicated plot to distract the viewer from any sort of minor acting mishap. The acting in the film was phenomenal and realistic, the setting and plot was mind boggling and the intentions that this film portrayed were good and a great learning experience for someone who many have not known exactly what happened during the holocaust.
?What are the odds that the man running a concentration camp would fail to indoctrinate
his own son in his hateful philosophy?? is a remarkable summarization by Kam Williams. (Kam Williams, Reviewer). The scenario that is given to us by watching the film makes the viewer want to put themselves into the parent shoes and change the circumstantial outcome. A rollercoaster ride is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to viewing this film. It gives you a valuable thinking process and has the viewer wanting to hold on for a love one. If you?re viewing the film anytime soon, grab a box of tissues and sit down with a love one because this is an film that needs to be discussed and analyzed.
September 13, 2016
Ang bigat sa pakiramdam..
August 28, 2016
I cried so hard watching this movie
½ August 25, 2016
Good film for children. An introduction to the holocauste that is on the charming side, with the proper ending. I think it want us to feel naive like the world was before knowing about the ultimate solution. And then present us the efficient technique the germans developped to make jew soap. Use some pre-soap jews to calm and egg the future soap into the "showers". Must have been quite the anticlimax in real life as well.
August 6, 2016
An extremely different take on a holocaust movie, surely unique in its own sense. The film moves along slowly but builds a nice relationship between a fortuned German boy and a Jewish boy in a concentration camp. What concurs might be one of the most horrifying things I've ever seen in a film, creeping up on you like a snake and finishes with an utter slap in the face. An extremely difficult film to watch, but a must see for those questioning the horrendous events of the holocaust
August 1, 2016
10/10 Best comedy ever. Would highly recommend if you want a good laugh.
August 1, 2016
Una película muy bonita, muestra la inocencia de todos los niños y más aún en una época como esa, las actuaciones fueron muy buenas, no es para nada aburrida aunque el final me lo estaba esperando, y yo lo hubiera hecho diferente para que tuviera un impacto mayor.
½ July 31, 2016
Good movie but very sad ending.
July 23, 2016
Shows the child's point of view on the side of who we assume to be the bad guys, and many of them are bad guys still. It was mostly obvious on what was going on, and had to remember that the movie is through the child's point of view.
July 5, 2016
Inconsistent characterisation.
June 29, 2016
this is a really powerful movie, from the eyes of 2 children in an age of sadness and depression.
June 29, 2016
This was so sad but so good too at same time
½ June 28, 2016
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is heartwarming and has inspiring knowledge. This movie is breathtaking and an amazing movie about the Holocaust. I would very much suggest this movie.
June 16, 2016
Putz........chorei. Vou dizer mais nada no.
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