Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Reid, 3. February 2007, 21:09

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Dir. Clint Eastwood

I thought about not seeing this, but since I saw Flags of Our Fathers I figured I should see this. I believe Eastwood was nominated for best director for this. I don’t think the direction was noteworthy.

I have similar feelings towards this film as I did Flags: you’re not missing anything if you don’t see it. The premise of having one film for each side is an interesting concept, but what we actually was not very interesting for me.

On a good note Eastwood potrays the humanity of both sides–meaning there are no simple good or evil depictions of the characters or their armies. All people have a mixture of both. Like other anti-war films we see the horror that the soldiers experience (some pretty graphic scenes, reminiscient of Private Ryan) and that the enemy is like us.

I guess the film would be good for those who have a see war and it’s participants in more simplistic, “good or evil” terms. And if this is the first anti-war film you’ve seen, you’d probably appreciate it a lot more than I did.

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