Americana, Guns, Faith, Military, and Islāmic Terror Attacks…five things to guarantee a bad rating on Rotten Tomatoes. All jokes aside, I was skeptical when Director Clint Eastwood announced that he had cast Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in the film The 15:17 to Paris in where they reacted the 2015 Thalys train attack.
Hollywood invested a lot of time, programming, and money into making sure he didn’t win and when that didn’t happen, people kinda lost their shit. Steven Spielberg put the production of this movie on the fly because he saw “scary parallels” between The Pentagon Papers and today’s White House. The narrative of this movie is “truth tellers” are to be believed and they are the “real heroes”. Reality is that just isn’t the case.
Screenwriter Steven Rogers tells a story about Harding that has rarely been told, and we end up sympathizing with her for the first time telling this story. When the Detroit attack happened, Harding was painted as the villain as Kerrigan was portrayed as the poor innocent girl who viciously attacked. While the attack was indeed dastardly, Kerrigan’s portrayal by the media was anything but accurate, while people were too harsh on Tonya but history is written by the victor.
Gary Oldman’s interpretation of Winston Churchill is one of the best historical captures we have seen in years. Along with the great Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel who captures the tensions of war and debate visually with dramatic panning/perspective shots, Darkest Hour is Oldman’s career-defining moment as well as a great story of leadership in the most trying of times.
This isn’t a movie for mainstream audiences, but if there is someone who I hope watches this film it is someone from the Trump Administration. Veteran care in this country has a long way to go and the first step in fixing it is doing so from the top down. Anyone who goes to war to fight for our country should be first in line over anyone else to get the care they deserve. Thank You For Your Service isn’t a pro-military film, but it has one of the most pro-military messages of the year, help out vets.
There is no easy transition into depicting the events Yarnell Hill Fire and the film has to essentially create filler conflict while establishing many secondary characters. Only The Brave remains an authentic character driven biopic that provides some of the best work we’ve seen from its veteran actors and a pretty decent performance from Miles Teller as well.
Looking to lick the wounds of The Mummy, a film that was not only a critical flop, a monetary flop (95 Million dollar loss), but it may have killed Universal’s Dark Universe before it even started. Tom Cruise is hoping everyone forgets about that film as his latest project, American Made hit theaters.