Friday April 24 was the nationwide release of the Little Boy Movie, a powerful and moving film about a little boy willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive.
The family-drama movie is directed by Mexican director Alejandro Monteverde and starring quite a handful of popular actors: Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michael Rapaport, David Henrie, Ben Chaplin, Eduardo Verástegui, Ted Levine, Ali Landry, Abraham Benrubi, Kevin James, and Tom Wilkinson.
Little Boy movie proves that a child’s imagination knows no boundaries and in this sense we should watch the film that will leave the audience intrigued by a scheming WWII-era drama spinning around the staunch message that faith can move mountains. The movie is a serious attempt to communicate the magnitude of the war fears suffered by people whose relatives are taken to war. In this case, the plot sets on its way when Pepper’s father and chief protector goes off to war and then is reported missing in action, probably a Japanese prisoner. Pepper, who is nicknamed “Little Boy,” is desperate to have his father return and is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. A local priest encourages him to believe that if he has enough faith, he may have the capacity to alter the course of the war.
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With a few amusing touches that seem to corroborate the boy’s supernatural powers without falling over into religious drivel, Pepper sets out to demonstrate to the skeptical townspeople that he does have the strength to uproot the terrain, an earthquake appears to validate his claims. Later the war comes to an end as a result of an atomic bomb given the name Little Boy (this is historically accurate, of course), and the townspeople genuflect before their pint-sized hero.
There are lessons to credit this new movie with. Tolerance is one of them in the example of Hashimoto, a town’s resident who is a Japanese man released from an internment camp and ostracized by the community whom Pepper befriends as part of his spiritual journey.
The casting shines big enough with the performances of Oscar nominee Emily Watson as the boy’s no-nonsense mother. David Henrie as the racist brother creates a convincingly complex character, and Hiroyuki-Tagawa contributes a dignified, unsentimental portrayal.
Little Boy is a movie about love, family, sacrifice and community, revealing strongly the best of the American experience and suggesting to keep faith in dark moments, perhaps nothing more surreptitiously needed in moments when we continue to hear about war conflicts, terrorism, and jihad in our days.
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