This is one that I thought looked interesting from the trailer so I went and saw it at the theater. Generally speaking, I enjoy a good feel good movie with and intriguing premise, but this was quite disappointing.
The trailer had me thinking that it would be Big Fish-like. The trailer made it look like a fantasy drama that would be "instant classic" material but it's really a religious film.
It's beautifully shot and I liked the symbolism, and it was quite emotional. However, The film has problems.
Another thing is that our protagonist Pepper, while not unlikeable, is quite annoying at times. Like when he does that pose thing, he makes those grunt sounds which went out of hand and started to get on my nerves.
Also, there is the ending. I am not going to spoil it if you are still interested in checking this film out, but the ending is quite predictable, and I saw it coming a mile away.
I also thought it was a bit too melodramatic at times and quite (I don't usually like this word but it's true here) pretentious. Like on the previews, they make it out to be so "amazing" and "uplifting", when in reality, it's just a mediocre religious film.
For what it is, it's not a bad film. It has it's qualities. The acting is decent, it has a bit of heart, and it has a pretty accurate depiction of the true events that the film is inspired by.
I did not hate the film. There were some things I liked about it and I am proud to say that it is not "terrible", like the critics say. But in the end, I can't say that I was impressed with the film. However, I can see some people enjoying it. I'd say give it a go. You might like it but you might not be impressed.
Overall, I thought this film was a little on the okay/mediocre side.
Little Boy may no longer be in theaters but it should be coming to Blu-ray and DVD pretty soon.