I finally got round to seeing it with Sprog and DH yesterday, and we were 3 of maybe 20 people in the theatre--and it was one of the big amphitheatre ones too.
I was gratified to find that I didn't have nearly the issues with the cinematography that the ads had led me to expect, and Sprog and DH both liked it way more than I expected.
I think you guys are right, an awful lot of people haven't wanted to think about any aspect of this war since Shrub landed on the aircraft carrier to declare, "mission accomplished!" After that, they turned their backs and went about their business.
One of the guys who had a small part in GZ also appeared in Paul Haggis' In the Valley of Elah
, which is a really provocative, really effective film about dealing with the aftermath, when troops get back home. I've watched it two or three times, and I find new things to ponder with each viewing.
I agree with Marianne, the guy who played Freddie was terrific, alternately spluttering indignantly and holding back tears, and Greengrass certainly did a good job of conveying the sense of invasion, of what the operation must have meant to the Iraqis themselves.
But I confess I was ultimately disappointed: we were lied to about WMDs.
Yeah, and so--???
Shit, I coulda told you that six years ago. I think I did, in fact.
What about an exploration of why, or what it means?
Well. I was entertained; JI got a bit of attention, several vets got a nice paycheck (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/ ... 7992.shtml
, and I recognized one of the dudes in the briefing room as Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America). Plenty things worse than that.
I think Kate, again and Marie make excellent observations--it's a tough time to be opening a movie, and this could go on making money for years. Black Hawk Down
is always on premium TV, and you can't hurl a pile-driver without hitting a showing of Armageddon
, so I ain't write it off yet.