Seeing as this was a disney movie I figured when I bought it it would be a light hearted drama about friends who were swing kids during World war II. Obviously I realise that any tale of the war and Nazi germany would have to be slightly dramatic but I though it would focus on the music and the swing dancing.
Oh how wrong could I be!!This film is a very moving and very well acted piece about Nazi supresion and their vile teaching and hatred about all things Jewish. The swing is mearly a subplot ,put in to make the trailer look like children could watch it, and serves to offer the only light hearted 10 mins in the film! The story revolves around Peter (a character that could have been way to sappy and disney to handle himself in reality and baked in self pity if it wasn't for the stunning acting by Robert Sean Leonard)who faces a battle between joing the HJ like everyone else and dying for the cause of what he believes in. For a disney movie there is alot of death and mysery but don't let that stop you watching it!
Although this film is nothing like I expected I loved it because of the brilliant acting and sometime quite gritty portrayl of Nazi Germany,its not the kind of film it says on the box but what emerges is an altogether more interesting piece on the struggle through the war and through history of human hatred and love, the changes in friendship and family and the ultimate betryal that is caused by the madness of war.
Special mention has to go to RSL and Christian Bale for not only acting so well as to turn a mussy script into a moving one but for being able to sing and dance so perfectly too. The acting all round (apart from a terrible performance by a young noah wyle!!!) makes this a emotional and believable film I would definitly recommend if you want to explore History and the human mind some more but not if you thought this was Disney, about dancing and like happy endings!!