Friday, October 29, 2010

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Last night Josh brought home two movies.  The first one was The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  I had never heard of this movie but I was slightly intrigued.  Sometimes we pick out random movies and we don't even finish them or we vow never to pick out a random move again.  This time Josh struck gold. 

This is what the summary on IMDB says about the movie:

"Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences."

That summary does not do the movie justice.  I had a flood of different emotions during the movie. I cried. A lot.  I don't want to give too much away though so I'll just tell you what I thought it was about generally. 
This movie shows the consequences that can follow pinpointing one group of people for being a specific way and torturing and terrorizing them.  This movie shows the turmoil of living with somebody you thought you knew and then find out they have an entirely different side.  This is a movie about what happens when you come to conclusions without hearing both sides.  This is a movie about believing something and then having something rock your world to the point of clarity.  This is a movie about what can happen when people wear blinders and believe their way is the best way and there can be no other way.  This is a movie about a family who is ripped apart and punished in a way you'd never expect.  This is a movie about the innocence of a child and shows us how we need to sometimes dig down and remember our own childhood innocence.
I do hope that you will rent it (or read it).  Please let me know what you thought of the movie if you do watch it or have watched it.