Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Heartwarming fact-based WWII drama has sad moments.

PG 2018 97 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+

Heavier than expected

I did expect "moments" of difficulty while watching this with my 10 and 7 year old, and I thought we could navigate it together. The darkness of war and loss really permeated most of the movie, not just moments. There was beauty as well, and themes of compassion and courage. I found the content too mature for my 7 year old, having to repeatedly pause it and explain about gas masks, bomb drills, why there is even war (ugh), and why the veterinary doctor was assisting with shooting the animals at the zoo :( Overall, a fine movie for a mature 9-10 year old with you watching, but sensitive viewers beware.
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age 8+

Heartwarming Movie (even though people and animals die)

A lovely movie that deals with friendship, bullying, caring for each other, families dealing with loved ones going to war, and more. A great movie about a young lad in Belfast who's father leaves his job as a zoo worker and goes off to war. The movie centers around the boy saving a young elephant from soldiers ordered to execute the zoo animals. Sounds horrendous but it is handled so delicately by the director. We loved the film and would definitely recommend to families with children 8 years and upwards. Be warned though, it is a little weepy at the end.

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