Aroview: A studiously arthouse rendition of WWII, isolating a crucial battle of the Pacific campaign (Guadacanal) as a minutely observed microcosm of humanity at war.
Director/Recluse Terrence Malick and his platoon of acting greats enact frightening combat scenes that tighten the nerves, but also slow, soul-searching montages through the incongruous tropical splendour. Un-bombastic, with many of what seem like bonafide American heroes turning out to be rather slippery individuals or fools, this subverts all of the myths of the war-machine. Propaganda for the mind.
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4 stars (Very Good) The poetic, philosophical flip-side to Saving Private Ryan's pandering hero-myths: for all its action, the emphasis is on spiritual conflict, a bold gambit for a big studio picture. A mixed bag but truly unique and beautifully crafted.~fairbrother