Saturday, March 03, 2007

Movie Review: Flags of Our Fathers

I had the time to watch the amazing movie last night, Flags of Our Fathers. The movie is based on the book by James Bradley about the story of the men who raised the flag in the famous photo from Iwo Jima. His dad, "Doc" Bradley, was one of the flag raisers. The story behind the picture, the battle, and the lives of the men who were in the pictures is a fascinating story. The movie is powerful and captivating, showing the overwhelming horrors the soldiers at Iwo Jima witnessed, and the struggles the flag-raisers had in being called heroes. Thousands of American and Japanese soldiers lost their lives in the battle for Iwo Jima, and the weight of the evils of war are plain to see. The movie is very graphic, but war is very graphic, and the movie helps to communicate in some small way what the men of WWII faced as they took islands in the Pacific. Clint Eastwood directed the film and did a powerful job telling the story. I very rarely like movies based on books that I enjoyed, but this case is different - Eastwood captures the intense emotions of the book, and only holds out in revealing one terrible detail from the book - how Iggy, Doc's closest friend was killed by the Japanese.

The companion movie, Letters from Iwo Jima, which tells the story from the other side, was nominated for best picture this year & is on my queue with Netflix to get when it comes out on video. I am fascinated to see how Eastwood filmed the battle from the Japanese side. Another reminder of how the death of so many American soldiers have guaranteed our freedoms today.

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