The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008 Movie)
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  • I really enjoyed the realism of the movie, in fact

    • by Naoto
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      Though I’m not usually one for war-based dramas, this movie grabbed hold of my heart and broke it in two with one of the saddest endings I’ve seen in a long time. The story is simple; A young boy, Bruno, is forced to move from his peaceful home full of the comforts of wealth from his SS Commander father. Though he is at first bored with the house, he finds ways to keep away the boredom by exploring. While exploring, he accidentally runs across Shmuel, a young boy living in a concentration camp. Not too long after

      befriending Shmuel, Bruno finds out that the fence that Shmuel lives behind is in fact containing him in a concentration camp. Thus, their friendship is forbidden since ‘Jews are the enemy’.

      Asa Butterfield puts on a great performance as Bruno, the optimistic and naive young boy who just wants to be friends with the boy behind the fence.

      Though the plot may seem rather old, it’s hard not to feel pain for Shmuel as he endures the hardships of living through a concentration camp, or sympathize with Bruno as he tries to figure out just what is going ...


      • on where Shmuel is and whether or not he can trust his father who works there. However, nothing is perfect, and even such a touching tale has its flaws. Since the topic of concentration camps isn’t exactly new when it comes to movies, the ending is rather predictable. And on the topic of the ending, it doesn’t have a very satisfying conclusion. Sure, with the ending it has, not much could be very satisfying, but it feels like it just ends right after the climax with nothing to really wrap everything up.

        I really liked the premise of

        this movie, as I have an interest in the holocaust. The acting was good, the storyline was strong, and everything was believable and realistic. I really enjoyed the realism of the movie, in fact. It really felt like something that could have happened during the holocaust. I’ve never read the book the movie was based on, though, so I can’t really comment on that.

        All-in-all, the movie is touching and builds up suspense wonderfully at the end. It’s a must-see for anyone with interest in historical-fiction based around the holocaust, or if you just want to see a good tearjerker.




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