Spoiler Space: Spoiler space: Little Boy
Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot details we can’t reveal in our review.
Yes, the title of Little Boy has two meanings. It refers not just to the main character, a shrimpy grade-school moppet picked on by his faster-growing peers, but also to the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. For some reason, it didn’t occur to me that this tacky faith-based entertainment was going to incorporate that horrific event into its plot. But sure enough, Little Boy prays and prays in the direction of Japan, and—in a scene I’m still having trouble processing—walks through town the next morning an unwitting hero, as strangers wave a newspaper in his face and celebrate the miracle he caused. It’s truly ghoulish.
Am I being unfair to the movie? Part of what Little Boy is after is a vision …