The Boy in Striped Pajamas
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    • by xlittlekatiex

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      While The Boy in Striped Pajamas is obviously a well-intentioned film, it is considerably unrealistic with a strange and awkward ending. The story is about an eight-year-old child named Bruno (Asa Butterfield) who is the son of a Nazi soldier (David Thewlis) and his unsuspecting wife (Vera Farmiga).

      The family is stationed at a home near the death camp in which Thewlis

      works, and it does not take Bruno long to notice this “farm” and yearn to explore it.

      What he eventually finds is another eight-year-old boy whom he befriends, Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) and, much to his father’s dismay, continuously visits the camp to play ball with his new-found friend or bring him food.

      All the while, Bruno is torn as he is constant ...

      • witness to his father’s cruelty to their Jewish servants, his sister’s (Amber Beattie) obsession with Hitler, as well as his mother’s passionate opposition to the entire ordeal.

        Although the film is undeniably moving when Bruno’s innocence is taken into account, his interactions with Shmuel, being constant and unmonitored by S.


        guards, are unrealistic.

        The fact that Bruno never once suspects any evil,

        despite the numerous acts of hostility towards Jews he witnesses firsthand and hears of, is also questionable.

        The film is hardly engaging enough for adults, but the ending that doubles as the climax is far too gruesome for children.

        It is abrupt and the type that leaves you sitting and staring at the screen for minutes, wondering if what you just witnessed actually happened.

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