ZERO DARK THIRTY - The newest addition to the war movie list, Zero Dark Thirty, the true account of the killing of Bin Laden is very effective. Jessica Chastain gives a fascinating performance based on one of the true people who were responsible for this victory. It does take quite awhile to get to the payoff, once it does it's pretty captivating. I'm glad this movie was made. It shows you who the true heroes are, and not to the politicians who simply took the credit.
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES - Here's a different kind of war film for veterans. The one that beautifully portrays a side not always realistically shown in movies: the side of adjustment once the war is over. This film was made so shortly after World War II was over, that I can't help but feel that it very accurately portrays what life really was like for these returned soldiers and how hard coming back to the "real" world was. That for them, perhaps that real world ceased being such, once they had new eyes that had seen things that challenged all of the concepts they once knew. This movie had me in tears within ten minutes, a feat that you must believe me is near impossible. To make the audience care about characters within such a short time, is virtually unheard of.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - There's nothing wrong with a little revisionist history now and then! Sometimes all you want to see is the things you WISHED happened, not the things that really did. If that's what you're in the mood for, look no further than Quentin Tarantino's outrageous nazi killing film from 2009. Historically accurate it absolutely isn't, but ridiculously entertaining it most certainly is.
ATONEMENT - Okay, truth be told I rarely think of this as a war film. It is much more of a love story that was ruined by a bratty kid. But there are a few beautiful moments here that relate to the war, mostly due to some breathtaking direction and cinematography. As we follow Robbie's journey through the war, there are plenty of haunting moments as he longs to be home with the girl he loves. Briony, herself learns some lessons once she becomes a nurse and attends to some soldier's wounds (like, life isn't all about you Briony!!) Hey at least it's no Pearl Harbor.
That's all folks. Any thoughts or comments? I'd love to hear them, and I hope everyone has a nice Veteran's Day!