When the movie Little Boy came out in theaters last year, it caught my interest. However, since we don’t have a babysitter here (unless grandma is in town), we didn’t have the option to see it until it came out on DVD. FishFlix.com, one of the most comprehensive websites for Christian movies, recently released Little Boy.
When I had the chance to review one of five different movies released by FishFlix.com, I chose Little Boy.
About Little Boy
Set during World War II, this movie tells the story of Pepper, an 8 year old boy who is small for his age and is sometimes called “Little Boy.” His father must go to war, and Pepper, who is very close to his father, is understandably upset. Pepper’s older brother, London, was rejected by the Army due to his flat feet. He carries guilt that his father had to go to war since he couldn’t. With that guilt comes a great deal of anger.
Shortly after Pepper’s father leaves, he’s taken prisoner of war. Pepper is inspired by a priest’s sermon at Mass that says all one needs is faith the size of a mustard seed. At first, Pepper buys a mustard seed thinking having it and faith can bring his father back.
An older priest tries to explain to Pepper that it doesn’t quite work like that. Instead, the priest gives Pepper a list with the Corporal Works of Mercy:
(1) Feed the hungry.
(2) Give drink to the thirsty.
(3) Clothe the naked.
(4) Shelter the homeless.
(5) Visit those in prison.
(6) Comfort the sick.
(7) Bury the dead.
The priest adds one more, to be nice to Hashimoto, who is a middle-aged Japanese man living in the town who is exiled by the townspeople. Pepper believes if he completes the items on the list, his father will come home.
The movie is beautifully told. The friendship between Hashimoto and Pepper is beautiful to watch, and the movie unfolds in sometimes unexpected ways.
What We Liked about Little Boy
I’ll admit, I thought that the movie might be cheesy, but it wasn’t. My husband sat down to watch it with me, and I thought he wouldn’t enjoy it, but he did. I think it appealed to both of us because we’re both history buffs. Like Hashimoto, my husband is Japanese, and like Pepper, I’m Catholic, so the movie really spoke to both of us.
This is an excellent movie, and though it’s rated PG-13, I plan to show it to Bookworm (11) when we do our Japanese study unit in a few weeks. The only part that I thought might be difficult for younger children to watch is the occasional violence and the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing. However, I think Bookworm is old enough to handle that.
What We Disliked about the Movie
There was nothing that I disliked about the movie. Some people may object to Hashimoto calling God the priest’s “imaginary friend,” but considering he was raised Buddhist, Hashimoto’s disbelief is understandable.
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