I went to see Flags of Our Fathers at the Colorado Cinemas in Castle Rock, CO on yesterday to escape the big snow storm that hit our area. Becky had to work, so I talked a couple buddies into playing hooky for the day and going to the movie. The Yahoo Movies website at Flags of Our Fathers describes the movie as follows:
“February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment…”
Flags of Our Fathers wasn’t at all what any of us expected. It was a movie that really dealt with how America treated its heros after World War II and asked the question as to what constitutes a hero.
It was directed by Clint Eastwood, which means that it moves really slow. I have this belief that Clint directs movies for old people, so that they can follow along, but if you’re a younger person a two-hour movie of his seems like a three-hour movie. In spite of the fact that it’s a slow moving film, the content is very good. The story takes you through the lives of three men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima and were hailed as celebrity heros when they came back to the U.S.
It’s a thought provoking war film because of the way these guys were exploited by politicians and their government after sacrificing so much for their country. There was plenty of war action in this film, but it wasn’t like Saving Private Ryan since the entire movie doesn’t take place inside the battle of Iwo Jima. Instead, the audience is taken to what was going on at home in the U.S. during the fighting, what was the experience of the men who were there on the island and what their thoughts were today about the war.
We all thought it was a very good movie that was well done and made you appreciate what men and women of a previous generation went through to win World War II. It was definitely Worth The Trip, even if you’re not a fan of war movies. Stan commented that it wasn’t as good as Band of Brothers, but that he really thought it was a good movie as well. Our friend Chris liked it too and thought it was good in that it dealt with issues beyond just the war itself.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Stan – *** Worth The Trip
Chris – *** Worth The Trip
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