I spent the beginning of my afternoon today, watching The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. For those of you who have not seen it: it is basically a story set during world war two, following a german family of whom the father has recently been promoted to a 'leader' of one of the concentration camps. His eight year old son, completely oblivious as to what the camps are really for, wanders off to the 'farm' and meets a boy of the same age in 'striped pyjamas' and they become friends. The title itself demonstrates the innocence of Bruno by claiming the prison clothes are 'striped pyjamas', not to mention the constant reference of the camp being a 'farm' and such like.
Well, as I am prone to do, I look up movie reviews and see what other people thought. I just generally read rottentomatoes.com and click on any I find particularly interesting. Now, I have purposefully left out the ending of the story because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen the movie or read the book yet, but please read no further if you still wish to keep your... 'innocence' :P.
I must say, whilst the majority of these 'reviewers' can spout posh vocabulary and creatively, well-thought sentences, I feel as if most of them wouldn't know a good movie if it hit them in the face. Movies, along with most things in life, are bound to bring about differences in opinion and while I respect that, some of the comments these reviewers were fucking ridiculous."The story is passable, albeit a little too manufactured for my taste in terms of its moral lessons, but the execution is so stilted and unconvincing that the experience is uncomfortable"
- I don't believe you have the right to criticise the 'realism' of the execution unless you were there to experience it first hand. The characters thought they were going in for a shower... they all got in the room, slightly confused but waiting and the fuckers gased them... of course! They forgot the fairy lights in the changing room, didn't they? How unrealistic! And I think if the scene made you uncomfortable, well it has done it's job good and proper! I wouldn't expect a scene such as that to be 'comfortable' in the slightest! "Moreover, the production lacks the personal touch that might allow this story to resonate as parable"
- It lacks the 'personal touch'. Has this person even seen the bloody movie? Seriously?!
Others go on to claim they weren't emotionally effect by it,
which I didn't think would even be possible! Heartless bastards : )" ...unusually offensive on a couple of levels."
- It was 'unusually offensive' to you. How so? I'm sorry... were you all for the jews getting gased and burned? I can see how a movie demonstrating the obvious flaws of the nazi's beleifs could, therefore, be unusually offensive to you. *rolls eyes*
Don't get me wrong, I don't think the movie is without its flaws. I very much agree with everyone who noted the British accents were rather... odd and that the security of a concentration camp wouldn't be so slack. My particular favourite was: Only in the last 10 minutes does it get to grips with the full horror of the Holocaust, and that saves it from a Disneyish propensity not to shock us too much or impose a feelgood ending.
However, I loved how the movie used the cluelessness of not only the children, but the german family. Half way through the movie, the mother ends up finding out what they are really doing in the camps and I find it incredibly fascinating to watch it from that perspective having seen it only from the victims point of view in the past. The acting was great, the drama was incredible and the story is beautifully written. The ending is rather heartbraking and I kind of wished for an alternative... but I guess back in the day when Hitler decided to kill off all of those people, he wasn't exactly debating whether or not to give them an 'alternative ending'.
Normally I don't get this, I suppose you could say, emotional over these kinds of things. I think it has a lot to do with the story the movie/book was trying to tell and people were just being stupid with their criticisms. Goodness sake you jews! Look a little more terrified before we gas you to make it look more 'real' *rolls eyes again*
And with that I take my leave.
P.S I am reading all your entries, despite not commenting, just so you know.
P.P.S *hugs Si-ness* she seemed as if she could use it : )