- First of all ... the movie is quite good. It's a World War II story of which I was unaware. The movie executes it exceedingly well.
- Along the way, they manage to explore a number of interesting dilemmas, but probably the key one is this: how do you figure out what the rules for ethical warfare are? Do you walk into a house and kill a man in cold blood, who killed your parents the same way? Do you kill a civilian who might betray you to the Nazis? How is shooting a Nazi and beating a Nazi to death different, if at all? These are questions that still don't have good answers.
- It occurred to me while watching the movie ... this is the second WWII movie I've seen this winter (Valkyrie). Which got me to thinking ... I can probably name a couple dozen movies set in WWII, but I can't name more than a handful of Vietnam movies, and only one Korean war movie (M*A*S*H, which was really a movie about Vietnam disguised as a Korean war movie). I wonder why WWII seems to be so rich in storytelling possibilities, while the other wars seem less so.
- Of course, my wife & I talked about it at dinner after the movie, and she attributes the phenomenon to two factors:
- The obvious "good vs. evil" distinction present in the Allied vs. Axis conflict. After all, "good vs. evil" is a classic storytelling form.
- The utterly huge nature of the conflict ... war which rages across three continents, involving many different campaigns, simply creates a huge space (temporal as well as geographical) in which stories can occur.
- (My wife is a pretty smart woman, by the way.)
Oh, and this isn't gonna just be an internal little video shoot ... it'll probably air on WXYZ (Channel 7 in the Detroit area) as part of the college video series. (You can view some previous videos; look at the ones labeled "Kettering Report".) I'll be sure to post the video if/when it's made available ... there's no guarantee that I'll get any camera time, but the folks shooting the piece seemed to think that I offered some nice sound bytes.
I think I'm gonna play hooky tomorrow from work/school and watch the inaugural. I have to admit ... I'm a sucker for ceremonial, and this is one of the few pieces of ceremony that we as a republic indulge in.
EDIT: For some reason, I keep calling this movie "Deliverance". Sigh.