LotF - from a GCSE student.
This movie stays very true to the book and has a much better storyline, structure and setting compared to the 1990 remake. The basis of the beginning of the book is the fact that the boys do not know each other and come from different areas of Britain; something this 1963 film adheres to but the 1990 one does not! Although the story is disturbing, it reflects our human nature and helps us to understand what type of situations can cause us to react in this way. When discussing this within a family, you should address how different ages would react to being in a similar situation - adults have a tendency to be more structured at first, and become increasingly more jealous of each other and attempt to take a leadership role. Children, on the other hand, would usually go along with whoever would wish to be leader and take a rather laidback role within a group, as opposed to trying to take over themselves.
The positive messages in this are, of course, democracy and being confident enough to lead a group in a stressful situation.
The positive role models are the leaders (until they become savage and bully).
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence