Sun is shining and it’s one of the warmest days so far this year, so I was not that keen on watching a movie today. Luckily school decided to show me the Boy in the Striped Pajamas and I honestly believe that it almost get’s better every time you see it.
We enter the scene of World War II. Our main character is an 8-year-old boy (Bruno) who’s moved to a house near a concentration camp. One day he discovers a boy his age behind a fence and they become friends. But Bruno does not understand why this boy is behind a fence, nor does he understand the disgusting smell of something that has been burnt in the chimneys nearby. As the story progresses we get to see a dramatic story about how the war could have been perceived through a child’s eyes…
This is one of those must see movies, the acting is great, the plot equally so and the same goes for the setting. I have never been the one for movies about history but this is just the kind of movie that proves that there needs to be these kinds of movies. The beast part about it is the new perspective. I think that it is crucial for everyone to see it in order to broaden their horizons. You will see many layers of the war and it is interesting to see what happens to the family.
It is also a good movie for the ones who want to ask themselves the philosophical questions like: “could this really have happened” and “why did some of the characters know so little about everything even though they are in the upper classes in the society?” The perspective in this movie is really important because you can learn a lot from watching it. This is not the war movie where planes are shooting at each other, this is a movie that pleas to ones emotions and it comes with a desire that the viewer will think a lot about what they actually saw afterwards. For one of the best war movies I have ever seen it will of course get a rating that fits accordingly. 9 / 10