Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Thin Red Line


It's rare that a war movie can truly be about peace, but the way that this film indulges its plainspoken voiceovers, blatant visual metaphors and insistence that people's violence is just another symptom of a deeply divided nature, wraps every burst of heroism and nobility in such thick personal longing and sadness, that the only happiness that remains is not in heroism or victory, but in harmony and beauty. The visual and audio tropes are so lush and indulgent that this film (unlike any other war movie I've seen) gives more than it takes away.

++++1/2