Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday's Movie-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

A Novel Menagerie asks us to post about a movie that you watched the week before. We usually watch quite a few movies over the weekend and it is sometimes difficult to only discuss one.

The movie that I want to share with you today is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Here are some of the details from the film:

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, & Amber Beattie

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 1 hr, 34 mn

MPAA Rating: PG13

Here is a synopsis of the film from the MSN Movie website:

Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, and Asa Butterfield star in Little Voice writer/director Mark Herman's adaptation of John Boyne's novel concerning the forbidden friendship that between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war. When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well. Increasingly bored in his sprawling yet dreary country abode and forbidden by his mother from exploring the backyard, young Bruno searches for something to do while his older sister plays with dolls and vies for the attention of handsome Lieutenant Kotler (Rupert Friend). One day, bored and gazing out his bedroom window, Bruno spies what first appears to be a nearby farm; his parents refuse to discuss it, and all of the inhabitants there are curiously clad in striped pajamas. But while Bruno's mother naïvely believes the "farm" to be an internment camp, her husband has sworn under oath never to reveal that it is in fact an extermination camp specifically designed to help the Nazis achieve their horrific "Final Solution." Eventually defying his mother's rules and venturing out beyond the backyard, Bruno arrives at a barbed wire fence to find a young boy just his age emptying rubble from a wheel barrel. Like Pavel, the kitchen worker who cooks all of Bruno's meals, the young boy is wearing striped pajamas. His name is Shmuel (Jack Scanlon), and before long the two young boys become fast friends. But the closer these two boys grow, the more Bruno becomes awakened to the horrors unfolding all around them. His mother is catching on quickly as well, a fact that causes great tension in her marriage to Bruno's father. Later, after Bruno swipes a piece of cake for Shmuel, Lt. Kotler accuses the Jewish boy of stealing and delivers a swift punishment. When Bruno's father announces that the young boy and his mother will be going to live with their aunt in Heidelberg, Bruno grabs a shovel and makes his way to the camp, setting into motion a tragic and devastating sequence of events. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

My Movie Thoughts:

I have read this book for the WWII challenge and you can see my book review here. I don't want to go into too much detail about this movie as it is very well explained by the synopsis provided above. The movie does follow the book pretty well, so if you read my review you will also have a very good understanding of this fable. The makers of this movie did a great job of showing the Holocaust through the eyes of a young boy. One thing that I did notice in the movie is that the term 'Out-With' was not used at all. I thought that this was a pretty important part of the book so that surprised me a bit. All in all, my whole family enjoyed the movie and I would definitely recommend it so I am going to rate this one 5 out of 5 bags of popcorn!


bermudaonion said...

I enjoyed this book and really want to see the movie. My mother-in-law owns it, so I wanted to watch it when we were visiting, but she'd lent it to someone else.

Missy B. said...

Wow...I didn't know this was a movie too. I haven't read the book yet but I would like to. :)

Anonymous said...

This book is on my list, but I had no idea it was a movie already. Thanks for the heads up! Sounds ike a winner.

Anna said...

I haven't read the book, but this was such a sad, sad movie.

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The Bumbles said...

Good to know about both the book and the movie. It is rare to like both of them - I think. I would think however that you would want to space out the reading and the viewing or you might sink into depression.

Serena said...

I have not read the book yet for the challenge, but its on the to-do list. I really loved the movie and thought it was well done.

Thanks for the review.

ANovelMenagerie said...

Wow! A 5 of 5! That's a must see! I'll check it out!


Jenny Girl said...

Glad the movie was to your liking. I should give it a try since most of the movies I have watched lately have not been good.