I can see why this has become so popular with so many people and again scratch my head when some of the nitpicky complaints by critics include it being too soft on portraying this time period. Another movie with a similar tone that comes to mind that I may have to watch again is “Good,” where quite a few critics rate it oddly low since they can’t stand a portrayal of Hitler’s crew as anything less than the villains in “Indiana Jones.”
I am also again in awe of the genius of John Williams and so far feel reaffirmed in my belief he was robbed of award recognition (to a rather blech effort that it lost to in Gravity’s soundtrack). In some ways this reminds me slightly of the “Diary of Anne Frank” mixed with a lighter Hitler Youth infused “Europa Europa.”
I highly recommend it not just as a good use of one’s time, but as something that spurs discussion in an educational setting. It’s worth a not so morbid four and one fourth out of five reapings for “The Book Thief.”
DVD rental courtesy of Family Video of Pauls Valley.