Monday, April 14, 2014

Movie Monday

I finally watched The Thin Red Line. It had been on my list for a long time but you sometimes have to be in the right mood for a movie. This one in particular. It is a Terrence Malick movie so my expectations where high especially with being a little disappointed with To the Wonder.
But this is a beautiful and captivating movie which will touch you and it is Terrence Malick at his best.
The movie is an adaptation of the autobiography by James Jones showing the conflict of the Guadacanal during WW II.
I personally like war movies (this sounds so wrong). What I mean is movies which portrait the war, not glorify it, but are real and critical about it.
The Thin Red Line was exactly that. An insight into the time, the people, the camaraderie, the pain, the struggle, the fear, the heroism, the regret, the aftermath, the captivity and the numbness. And it wouldn't be a Terrence Malick movie if it didn't have the following elements: beautiful lighting, narrative by the main characters, nature as an important element, a philosophical nature to it.
I wasn't sure how these things would work in a movie about war, how he would portrait it but oh how well he did.
And let's just talk for a second about the amazing cast  of actors! Jim Caviezel really brings it to life though as the main character and hero of the movie. The kindness of his eyes and the soft sound of his voice (no wonder he played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ!) make you believe and still see the good in people.
"We were a family. How'd it break up and come apart, so that now we're turned against each other? Each standing in the other's light. How'd we lose that good that was given us? Let it slip away. Scattered it, careless. What's keepin' us from reaching out, touching the glory?" - Pvt. Witt



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