Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Blue Elephant involves a missing father who SPOILER ALERT is ultimately found to have died in battle. Along the way, it glorifies (and justifies the necessity of) war, with particular focus on dying in battle as an act of heroism, and a noble gift to one's own tribe/culture. While it's stated that war is never good, the film's main concern pits two warring cultures against each other in overly simplistic ways in which one is good and the other is evil. While some aspects of this could help a child process an absent or missing parent who is an enlisted soldier, the perilous battle scenes could complicate this effort for younger children.
The Blue Elephant presents a few key elements that create some scariness and peril. Khan Kluay's father is missing at battle; he becomes separated from his mother while searching for his missing father. The movie contains several battle scenes that involve spears, brute force, and scariness, though there is little or no bloodshed. Elsewhere, the film features the use of enslaved animals (tigers, weasels) in chains, and an overall sustained menace as the film ratchets up to the discovery of his father's whereabouts and a final battle scene.
There is no profanity but sustained insults throughout the film, such as calling a character an idiot, or deaf, or ugly.
The Blue Elephant offers strongly positive messages about courage, trust, loyalty, and family bonds.
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