The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

This past Sunday was a Jewish Holy Day where we refrain from eating and drinking for 25 hours in order to remind us of the destruction of the Two Holy Temples. In order to try and connect with the somber feeling of this day, every year I try to watch films dealing with another attempt to eradicate my religion; The Holocaust. This year, I watched 4. Here is my third review:

 boy in the striped pajamas“We’re not supposed to be friends, you and me. We’re meant to be enemies. Did you know that?” – Bruno

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – The young son of a Nazi officer in a concentration camp befriends a Jewish boy living in the camp.

My Take on it – This is an example of a movie which has a great lesson to teach but is squandered by the delivery of the message via a mediocre story.

Innocense and ignorance are both qualities that can be either a blessing or a curse.

Sone people choose to be ignorant in certain situations on purpose, but this movie wants us to try and believe that none of the characters really understood the truth.

There are other ideas here that feel so far fetched tgat it completely lessens any impact this movie could have had.

The story is filled with so many holes that it doesn’t help support the great message of this movie. It feels like a sieve which is allowing everything to slowly exit from all sides without attempting to stop the seepage.

This is so unfortunate because the premise really had so much more potential.

Bottom Line – Story about youthful innocence and ignorance that shows how these qualities can be both blessings and curses. Too many scenes and scenarios feel extremely far fetched which lessened the impact of the story in my eyes. Should have been much better because the message is there but the story is riddled with holes.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although the concentration camp where the movie is set is never actually mentioned by name throughout the movie, we know it is Auschwitz because it was the only Nazi death camp with 4 crematoria. The SS officers are discussing the building’s construction in the Commandant’s office when Bruno’s mother interrupts the meeting. In the book it is referred to as “Out-With” (coming from the P.O.V. of Bruno, who is only nine years old and can’t pronounce some words properly). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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6 thoughts on “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

  1. I remember being very moved by this story but don’t recall the flaws you mentioned, but I did see it a long time ago. Thanks to the difficult subject matter it’s not one I’m in a hurry to revisit.

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  3. This film was so devastating to me, but I think the book was better. It’s definitely worth a read because as it says in the trivia, it’s written directly from a young boy’s perspective so the filter through which the reader sees everything is very innocent and childlike, which makes the whole thing even more disturbing. Really, really upsetting though!


  4. I’m sorry you didn’t care for this one. I found it really powerful. Except for Bruno, I always considered the characters’ ignorance self-imposed rather than actual. His family just didn’t want to think about it until they were forced to.


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