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

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June 17, 2017
This movie is so sad :( Vera is an amazing actress !!!
½ May 19, 2017
Seeming like a fairly routine holocaust movie about a German boy who befriends a Jewish boy through the fence of a prison camp, the proverbial trick up the sleeve is only revealed in the last 10-15 minutes. While the twist is unlikely, it is also not implausible and does wrangle empathy through the plight of the child protagonist.
May 17, 2017
Writer and Director, Mark Herman directs a very great and emotional movie, that's very sad and executed very very well, and a perfect depiction of a fictional event, that takes place during a real event (The Holocaust).
½ May 17, 2017
Movie had a simple narrative but poorly executed. The ending also felt somewhat of a rush and could have been done differently. Could have been fine if it was a short but full length film is pushing it.
½ May 12, 2017
As a rule, I procrastinate a movie until I read the book it is adapted from. The horrendous Holocaust quests are cloaked (exceptions) until the end in the book and the movie (more), aber this triviality was intended to focus on the 8 year old (9 year old in the book) & his same aged
Jew friend and to denounce the average Germans whose family heads were carrying out these delinquent "enabling" acts. Vera Farmiga and the kiddos are luminous with Bruno sporting Hitler~like hair. The final scene makes you crumble like wall of bricks but the film entireity was commercially exploited. My rating is 3.5
May 11, 2017
its a bit touching but its a good movie
April 17, 2017
A well made thought provoking film which in my opinion doesn't trivialise the holocaust in any way. Good acting and sets. Well filmed. Unlikely that security would have been this lax in a work camp and the end is a bit unlikely.
Never the less a good film.
April 2, 2017
My opinion---

"The boy in the striped pajamas" is a drama of war realized with the hands of a master by: Mark Herman, he knew how to put his sensibility on a subject that can not be more delicate than this black period of human history, with His deportations, his massacres, his pure horror. A very realistic and very hard movie on the concentration camps, and the story is really poignant, and the characters are well written and superbly interpreted by very convincing actors. Asa Butterfield in the role: Bruno and Jack Scanlon in the role of Shmuel (the Jewish boy) and Vera Farmiga in the role of Asa's mother and David Thewlis in the role of Asa's father. A movie that fills the spectator with emotion, a great film of its kind, because all these wars are also all the misfortunes of the world that fall on the heads of the innocent, a movie to be discovered absolutely for its sensitivity to the skin
½ March 20, 2017
Heartbreakingly amazing.
½ March 9, 2017
It is an interesting perspective on how the Holocaust was viewed from a particular family, proposing a moral conflict that highlights childhood innocence during the time and jumps feelings of guilt, questioning and rejection to what happened. However, the film is too simplified and limits a lot of issues that were necessary and did not expand or conclude at all. 73/100
March 6, 2017
Simply presented and extremely powerful in message.
March 4, 2017
10/10. Ths film will have you in tears no matter how many times you see it. A brilliant masterpiece about a beautiful friendship that rises above the rivalry and politics during the holocaust & WW2
½ February 20, 2017
Never get bored watching this !!!
January 28, 2017
This is an extremely important film, to say the least.
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.
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.
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