// you’re reading...

films and cinemas, under $20

HOT: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

It’s not often that I’d say that a film adaptation is better than the book, but to my surprise that was the case for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

I really didn’t like the book, mostly because I thought the protaganist Bruno was rather annoying and frustratingly dim about what his Nazi commandant father did for a living, and that the ‘farm’ next door was a concentration camp. So I didn’t have any expectation that I would enjoy the movie.

However, in the film, the big wide eyes of Asa Butterfield managed to convince me that perhaps an 8 year old could be that innocent, even right up to the end (which I won’t give away). Also, Vera Farmiga impressed me with her portrayal of his mother as she moved from pride to disenchantment to anguish.

Some reviewers have criticised the film for sanitising the horrors of a concentration camp, but I think director Mark Herman has achieved the right balance here, as the whole purpose of the storyline is that it is told from the perspective of a child who has the truth hidden away from him. Perhaps he is a useful symbolic counterpart for all those citizens of Nazi Germany who deliberately chose not to see or to know.

Related Posts with Thumbnails


Comments are disallowed for this post.

Comments are closed.

Welcome to BNE: HOT OR NOT

The decisive guide to Brisbane

Reviews of what's HOT and NOT in the city.

Recent Posts

HOT: Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas – The Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.
November 14, 2012
HOT: Vio’s Italian Ristorante – 157 Given Tce, Paddington.
October 3, 2012
HOT: The Bun Mobile
September 7, 2012
HOT: Wagaya – Level 1, 315 Brunswick St (China Town Mall), Fortitude Valley
August 27, 2012

Click for more in Archives

Need tickets to Gigs, Festivals, Shows in BNE

See Brisbane with Intrepid Urban Adventures

Brisbane Urban Adventure Tours

Get in touch

Want to say hello, ask questions, give feedback, advertise on the site? Email CazM at CazM@bnehotornot.com

We’re featured in LonelyPlanet.com

I'm a featured blogger on Lonely Planet
BNE: HOT OR NOT Brisbane restaurants

Twitter Updates

Follow us on Twitter

    Need more info? Buy a guide from Amazon

    Top Picks: Things to do, Hotels

    Get Adobe Flash player