The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas: The Verdict
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight year old son of the commandant at a concentration camp. This movie was again probably the top 5 of the best movies we have seen all year. It did a brilliant job of representing how gruesome it was for even German families, especially for the kids we are never really told what is going on but instead taught to hate and despise anybody that isn’t Aryan. Since this film is still recent I was expecting it to be good and it did not disappoint, with a stellar cast of known actors like David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, and Asa Butterfield. It got my attention right off the start and kept it going, to a very thriller story. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was very well connected in our course, even though we never learned anything about the German perspective about everything that was going on around them, this film really gave me a clear understanding of how many German citizens that were not involved in any of this really thinks just like everybody else in the world. The best concept this movie covered is from the list of techniques of Dictatorship, indoctrination evident from Bruno and his sister was the thing that really affirmed everything we have been taught in this course. During the beginning of film before they moved it seemed like Bruno had not yet learned anything of what was going on, to do with the war or the concentration camps. Soon after though his Dad says that they will be home schooled and taught everything that every other child their age is being taught. Whenever the teacher comes to their home to teach Bruno and his sister Gretel, right away it seemed like Gretel grabbed all the things she was being taught and embraced it so quick, especially for having a crush on the much older Nazi soldier. Gretel changed so much over the course of the movie, from being a doll loving regular girl to a very fascist Nazi loving girl....
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