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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
On par with Saving Private Ryan
Letters from Iwo Jima is a brilliant and far superior companion to Flags of Our Fathers. Exploring the defence of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese, the film synthesis is achieved through amazing performances by Watanabe and Ninomiya, brilliant writing and a poignant and dramatic soundtrack. The cinematography and effects are mesmerising, benefited by a brilliant and appropriate selection of setting (some aspects of the film were filmed on Iwo Jima). The film is also incredibly accurate, with less than ten historical inaccuracies. Now, to commence a rant which should encompass the remaining four lines, the fact that Ken Watanabe was not nominated for an Oscar is a travesty. He delivers a performances comparable to that in The Last Samurai, encapsulating the loyalty and almost medieval attitude towards to warfare that the Japanese adopted throughout the conflict. Despite this, Letters from Iwo Jima is the second most impressive war film that I have viewed, second only to the masterpiece that is Saving Private Ryan.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
No justice for Ruffalo
Now, I would like to establish that I am no stickler for the happy ending, however the summary dismissal of Ruffalo's character was a disappointment that did detract from the quality of the film. The writing was impressive, magnificent performances from Ruffalo and Benning consolidated by strong performing cast, particularly Wasikowska, who maintained the conventional teenage attitude but refrained from melodrama. Story arc involving Laser (interesting selection of character name) and Clay consuming drugs was perhaps a tad bit unnecessary. Ruffalo's performance was indisputably the most impressive; he managed to develop a relatable character whilst refraining from the conventional womaniser character. Generally and engaging and amusing feature, however some areas required some improvement.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Spielberg succeeds in crafting an intriguing narrative, combined with incredible performances and confronting but impressive battle sequences. Also Hanz Zimmer provides an amazing score to accompany an already magnificent masterpiece.Tom Hank' Oscar nomination was warranted, and he benefited significantly from the excellent supporting cast members particularly Matt Damon, Barry Pepper, Tom Sizemore and a surprisingly emotional performance by Vin Diesel. The film is a harrowing exploration of the nature of warfare, the devastation and death that it can cause. Saving Private Ryan is a wonderful companion to HBO series Band Of Brothers, and its critical and financial success is testament to its quality.