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The Letters From Iwo Jima review

What makes Clint Eastwood’s Letters From Iwo Jima special is that it never really offers anything like hope

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7 Responses to “The Letters From Iwo Jima review”

  1. Tofu says:

    The grin on my face right now is a mile wide.
    The previews for Flags did nothing for me, so I passed. However this tale seems to be a nice capper for the year.

  2. ployp says:

    So this year is the year of Eastwood again? I’ve got nothing against him, but well…

  3. soya says:

    Hi Mr. Poland. Thank you for the fine review. I’m just wondering, why is this review not included at rottentomatoes? I’m guessing mcn is running a little late in updating the reviews page since its not there yet too.
    Thank you again for loving Saigo.
    ah..Tofu’s here. Maybe tempeh, soyu & nattou will post something after this

  4. T.Holly says:

    ployp, Anderson Cooper going on and on about the Lady Di report can’t be hurting The Queen. The heir and a spare are going to be on a segment coming up.

  5. T.Holly says:

    Wah… Breaking news — the Saudis will back the Sunnis — preempted the boys. They’ll be back.

  6. LexG says:

    Big tip o’ the hat to the FAT GUY who slept and SNORED through the entire movie yesterday at the Arclight at the 4 o’clock show. Thanks for nothing, Tubby. As usual, no one made any attempt to roust the fat bastard, not even his wife, who spent the quiet, soulful opening hour stuffing her face with one intricately wrapped bag of candy after another while hubby snored and snored, causing me leave after 45 minutes and ask the staff if I could have passes to see it again later. Fortunately, they obliged. Great movie.

  7. Susu says:

    While “Letters from Iwo Jima” is truly a great achievement is several ways, the script is powerful, the production is superb, all the technical departments almost perfected their jobs, there is some really good acting as well, and Eastwood’s touch as a director is very visible, and its beautiful, it flaws almost flawlessly in this regard.

    Well, what’s wrong then? It simply lacks what makes it a really interesting movie. “Letters” starts with a present day scene of excavators digging up remains of the war in Iwo Jima, and finding letters in a cave that were written by Japanese soldiers and officers during the war on Iwo Jima island, it then travels back in time to WWII and story revolves around those whom their letters were found during the dawn of the American invasion on that island. Slowly, the movie loses its grip over its audience, becoming something closer to an audio book, and survival becomes a repetitive process!!!

    Everyone seem to be praising the film for being told from the other side, and its true you don’t see that many American film makers do that, and although the film didn’t just speak Japanese, it lived and breathed Japanese, it couldn’t escape the limited framework of Hollywood, this is very visible through the “good” characters, all the good, honest or lovable Japanese characters were either American sympathizers who lived in the US for a while and kept saying how a great nation the US is, or are Japanese people that do not care for the Imperial system and would not mind handing over the island to their rival Americans. On the other hand, all Japanese loyalists were mean American haters. Even the resolution of the strict Imperial soldiers was that the Americans were not as evil as they were told. But still, everyone was very fond of the fact that the movie was told completely from a Japanese point of view. However, just because Eastwood is an American film maker making a Japanese-point-of-view movie, doesn’t make the film any better than what it really is, the film’s ratings seem to be getting higher just because there is an American film maker behind it and I disagree, it is what it is regardless who the people behind it were.

    The film was also highly praised as a companion film to “Flags”, and while together they form a great duo, on its own, “Letters” does not achieve greatness.

    Why did Eastwood and Spielberg decide to make “Letters from Iwo Jima” this calm instead of making an adrenaline-pumping film? My guess is that they did not care about the average audience and the commercial success as much as they did care for the story’s integrity.

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