Sunday, December 07, 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I don't know that I have ever done a movie review on here, but I did want to mention 2 flicks I saw. Brian, Steve and I had not been out together for a guys night in a while. So we decided to go to the movies. We had heard a little about this movie, but weren't sure exactly what it was about.

It's about the Nazi's in WWII. A family moves to the country as the father has gotten a promotion in the Nazi army. The kids and the wife really didn't know what it was all about. The little boy (8), Bruno met another 8 year old, Schmol, who was on the other side of the fence. They became friends and Bruno brought him food and passed it through the electric fence.

Long story short (SPOILER ALERT - highlight the next area and you can see what is written) Schmol's dad goes missing (he was surely gassed) and Bruno tells him they could go on an adventure and gives him some of the "striped pajamas." He dug under the fence and they went looking for him. Long story short. They were ushered to the "showers." As that was happening the family realized what was happening and they went looking for him. The dad gets inside the camp and looks for him. he is too late. They have all been gassed (killed). Then it fades to black and the credits roll. Wow. That was tough. It was very depressing and none of us were expecting that.

We decided to do something I am not sure I have ever done. We needed a little lift and then sneaked into the last part of 4 Christmases. We laughed, but it was pretty crass. Quite funny when the baby vomited on Resses Witherspoone's character. I think it was about a gallon of vomit. Vince Vaughn's character couldn't look at it because he was going to do the same. Funny. But, I don't think I would EVER pay for it and I won't be renting it. That was enough insight to show me I won't be needing that in my life.

We left, still being struck by the Pajama movie. Wondering what the target audience was for it. Was it just a reminder so no one would forget what happened? I don't know.

1 comment:

jana said...

The movie was based off of a very popular young adult book. Many of my students read it. The book is so powerful, I'm not sure I could handle the movie. When I read the book, JJ was out of town and about twenty pages from the end, I realized what was going to happen and I had that feeling in my stomach like I was watching a horror movie, complete terror! Very powerful.

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