Mr. Movie

'Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' skillfully offers child's view of Nazi Germany

Writer/director Mark Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is set on an unspecified date and at an unspecified location in the 1940s.

Bruno is a German boy whose dad is exterminating Jews. Bored and with no one to play with, he wanders to the death camp and befriends a Jewish boy.

Herman’s (Little Voice) difficult story points out what adults sometimes forget. Children don’t see color or race or creed. Once, we get into our teen years and have become conditioned to this belief or that, we change.

Some, such as the Nazis, take it to the extreme. Anyone different from us is not tolerated.

Don’t believe it? A check of the overly emotional election we just finished shows how quickly, and easily, we can fall into intolerance and judgment.

Children have a straight-ahead black-and-white vision of the world. Either you’re worth their time or you’re not. And Herman’s movie says that very well -- and is certainly worth your time.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG-13 for very mature themes. It opens Nov. 21 at the Columbia Mall 8.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.