David Edelstein likes 'Flags' | The Moviegoer

Friday, October 20, 2006

David Edelstein likes 'Flags'

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 7:47 AM

But doesn't care much for the script.  The review is in New York Magazine.

The screenplay, by William Broyles Jr. and Paul Haggis, needed another draft: Toward the end, after several narrators have come and gone, the author James Bradley (played by Tom McCarthy) shows up, and we’re meant to realize that he has been interviewing Iwo Jima vets for a book after the death of his dad (George Grizzard, who’s supposed to be Ryan Phillippe 50 years on). The infelicities don’t matter. Flags of Our Fathers fits into Eastwood’s late-in-life agenda—to make violence, even in self-defense, seem soul-killing, and to expose the gulf between reality and myth. After this, how can we ever again make our peace with the iconography of war?

He's confirmed what I've been expecting from this movie.  It's a visual masterpiece, but short on the grit needed to make it a truly accomplished film (I'll see it this weekend). 

I'd say that would knock it out of BP co-frontrunner status (with Dreamgirls), but it probably won't.  Thankfully, the adapted writing race is still open, which I didn't expect. 

I'm pulling for The Departed, and Thank You for Smoking is also deserving - and I imagine I will feel the same about Little Children if I ever get to see it . . . for what it's worth.

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