Monday, July 11, 2011
Flags of our Fathers Movie Review
The movie "Flags of Our Fathers" is an attempt to tell both the story of the hardships 3 special soldiers faced upon returning home for public relations duty before the wars end, and that of the last battle they fought in, Iwo Jima, the first battle in which US casualties exceeded Japanese, despite a US victory. Unfortunately, the movie fails to do either. It is ineffectively jumpy and disorganized, which is disappointing coming from veteran filmmaker Clint Eastwood. Casting was poorly done for one of the principle characters, Ira Hayes, the Native American survivor of the flag raisers of Iwo Jima. I was so mad every time some person would disrespect him using Indian slang, but the actor was so bad, I was distracted. The height of the disorganization came towards the end when the movie switched over to a veteran son narration with a father-son healing. Problem is, these elements were never introduced so you as the viewer couldn't care as much. I give this movie two thumbs down. I bought it for $5.00 at Wal-Mart and am now using the disc as a cup saucer. I also will not watch Letters From Iwo Jima.