Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

Genre: Drama, History, War

Hacksaw Ridge is a about a WWII American Army Medic that did the extraordinary. The story and how the director Mel Gibson, decided to shoot this movie is done quite fantastically ๐Ÿ™‚ . It is compelling, entertaining, action packed and heart wrenching from start to finish ๐Ÿ˜€ . The beginning is slower than people might expect from a war movie but I enjoyed it and thought it was needed ๐Ÿ™‚ . It helps us understand Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) and makes you hooked before the battle. The minute the โ€œwarโ€ begins the action starts quickly. It is very intense and constant. It was an edge of your seat experience and the shocks were plentiful ๐Ÿ™‚ . I was gutted when some characters died and the โ€œgoreโ€ content was good. It was an acceptable amount. It showed what it was like without being too much for an audience to watch. I loved the lines โ€œPlease Lord, Help Me Get One Moreโ€ and the awesome acting of Andrew Garfield ๐Ÿ˜€ . He performed Desmond wonderfully and you felt for him through his struggle before the war. The group of soldiers he was with were also good and I was laughing with them at the โ€œintroductionโ€ near the beginning ๐Ÿ™‚ . The angry moments that you may get for our main character is pushed aside by the time the movie ends. This will leave you awestruck and it has become one of my favourite war movies of all time ๐Ÿ˜€ . This movie you have to watch so therefore, I definitely recommend! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€ !

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

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Please Lord, Help Me Get One More.

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men (2014)

Genre: Drama, War

This movie is based off the real life events of a group of men who hunted for the stolen art from the Naziโ€™s. The real story itself is sweet, what they went through and what they fought for was worth it and it has a fantastic cast ๐Ÿ™‚ . You cannot deny their acting skills with a stellar cast such as George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. So therefore, this should have been a fantastic movie ๐Ÿ™‚ . However, all I can say is itโ€™s alright. Thatโ€™s it, just alright. The story (the filmโ€™s narrative not the real life one) was watchable but too pleasant and slightly boring. I could have been doing other things and not have missed much at all ๐Ÿ˜› . However, there are some gems in this. When the Nazis burned the art it was horrifying and the hint to what was happening to the Jews was a grim reminder of the war horrors. Also I appreciated the scene between Richard Campbell (Bill Murray), Preston Savitz (Bob Balaben) and the German soldier. I also found the death scenes of the โ€œmainโ€ characters the best moments in this. The first was done great with the narration and the second was more impressive as I was unprepared for that one (I canโ€™t say much more as I donโ€™t want to spoil ๐Ÿ˜› ). ย However, these scenes were too short compared to others which were quite boring and I really did not care about the other charactersโ€™ problems. Though I was quite captivated after the first death and really wanted them to get that art back ๐Ÿ˜› ! The ending was cheesy and not needed. An alright war movie that disappointed more than I can say. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 2.5 Stars out of 5!

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It was the greatest art heist in history.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Genre: Animation, Drama, War

This is a truly depressive film but you cannot help but admire its beauty. I have always been a fan of Studio Ghibli and they show off their excellence as animators in this film ๐Ÿ˜€ . The narrative is captivating and pulls at your heart strings for the two children Seita and Setsuko. The film shows the horrors of war through these two childrenโ€™s eyes and parts are awful to watch (in a good way). A part of me didnโ€™t like the fact that what happens to main characters is said straight away as it makes you a little detached from the start. I couldnโ€™t involve myself in the tale as I knew what would happen (knowing beforehand that this tale would be depressive). However, though I have to admit the film worked by doing it this as it made the truth of war more real and created very emotional moments (Get tissues ๐Ÿ˜› ). I hated the aunt (when you see her you will know what I mean!) though I do get why she is there. Loved the bitter sweet ending as it was beautiful and loved the scene with the fireflies in the โ€œtentโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€ . A great film that you will probably only see once but it is worth it ๐Ÿ˜› . Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

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Why must fireflies die so young?

Macbeth

Macbeth (2015)

Genre: Drama, War

This is a really good adaption of Shakespeare’s Macbeth! Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard were simply extraordinary ๐Ÿ˜€ . I liked that this adaption decided to make it seem more like the 11th century than trying to fit Shakespeare into a modern world (like many other adaptations I have seen previously ๐Ÿ˜› ). ย The scenery, costumes, the filming style and overall look of the film was quite impressive. The dagger scene, Lady Macbeth’s “clean hands” speech and what happens to the Macbeths in the end were brilliant and are my favourite scenes ๐Ÿ™‚ . Unfortunately, it is a little long and if you are not a great Shakespeare fan then some of the lingo might get you slightly bored. However, I think the speeches ran smoothly, the acting was superb and some versions (their take on it) of the classic scenes were refreshing toย  see. Also most importantly the madness is believable!! This is truly a good Macbeth ๐Ÿ˜€ ! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ !

I give this film 4 Stars out of 5!

All hail Macbeth that shall be king.
All hail Macbeth that shall be king.

Suite Francaise

Suite Franรงaise (2015)

Genre: War, Romance, Drama

I hadn’t read this book or seen any trailers when I went to see this film so I watched with no reservations. I loved this film ๐Ÿ˜€ ! It was very sweet yet captivating at the same time. I loved seeing a side of Second World War that I have not seen before. The action was not as wow as one might expect during a war film but I felt that it complemented the level Romance we were given. I did want to see more Romance between Lucile and Bruno but that might just be me ๐Ÿ˜› . The chemistry between the two leading actors was very convincing. I personally liked the narration of the film which helped the overall atmosphere of the film and I like that actual French voices were used in the radios / papers and Germans spoke German! It made it seem like the film truly is set in France even if the actors are speaking in English for our benefit. The ending was not the best in the world but when learnt why…it made the film better in my opinion. A little gem that really needed to be watched! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€ !!!

I give the film 4.5 Stars out of 5!

When it comes to war you really find out what people are really like.
When it comes to war you really find out what people are really like.

Fury

Fury (2014)

Genre: Action, Drama, War

This film shows all about the horrors of war, gritty, lots and lots of action. Lots of explosions. Rain. Gunfire. That’s mostly what you get from this film. Quite honestly I finished this film still wondering what the film was actually about. The characters were clichรฉ and I really didn’t like the rest of group (excluding Logan Lerman and Brad Pitt). They were crude, mean and quite honestly I felt nothing for them. I started the film with no expectations and expected some sort of narrative to develop but it never did. The battles were ok, deaths gruesome and sometimes shocking. My favourite section was in the German town with the two women but they ended quickly and just began the rest of non narrative film. If you want to watch something with a tank, action and explosions then this is for you. If you want to watch a brilliant war film, with amazing characters and a decent narrative then pick something like Saving Private Ryan.

I give this film 1 Stars out of 5!

War never ends quietly.
War never ends quietly.

The Book Thief

The Book Thief (2013)

Genre: Drama, War

I was not sure what to expect with this film about a young girl in Nazi Germany but once I watched it…I loved it ๐Ÿ˜€ . The narrative gave me enough of the war (to acknowledge what is happening), the fear the characters must be going through while being a part of these characters lives. I loved the fact we have Death as the narrator who gave us the suspense and dread of sensing bad things around the corner. The acting of all the actors were sublime and my favourite characters were Liesel and Rudy ๐Ÿ™‚ . The deaths in this film has never failed to make me cry every time I watch this and it is a brilliant yet subtle war film (for me) so far! If you love war films but like to see the people suffering not just the explosions than this is the film for you! I seriously recommend this film! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

I give this film 5 Stars out of 5!

Courage beyond words!
Courage beyond words!

U-571

U-571(2000)

Genre: Action, War

I don’t know what I was expecting from this war film about the Enigma machine and submarines but I suppose I got it with this film. There was a lot of action, drama, tension and big explosions. It was a interesting narrative, it did keep me entertained and I was pleased that the German soldiers spoke German ๐Ÿ˜› (Too many War films were the German soldiers speak with a English/American accent and never utter a word of their own language :P). It is loosely based of history as I have heard there were a lot of historical inaccuracies but when you watch it I don’t think it mattered too much. You get lost in this dramatic submarine tale and the acting of Matthew McConaughey is good ๐Ÿ™‚ Though look out of Jon Bon Jovi as I almost missed him because I was too lost in the tale ๐Ÿ˜›

I give this film 3 Stars out of 5!

The Germans must never suspect we have the Enigma.
The Germans must never suspect we have the Enigma.

Young Winston

Young Winston (1972)

Genre: Biography, Drama, War

When I started watching this film I will have to admit, I was bored. It was not captivating from the start and I just simply waited for things to get better. Luckily enough, they did ๐Ÿ™‚ This film is basically a documentary of Winston Churchill’s life story and with the directing of Richard Attenborough, it presents well. The film gets more informative and interesting as it continues but the film is a little long as they put in a lot of source material in it. I would recommend his film if you are a big fan of Winston Churchill, if you want to know more about his historical figure, like war films and like watching documentary films than this is the one for you :). Though My advice is that you force your way though the beginning and be prepared, it is a long film ๐Ÿ˜›

I give this film 3.5 Stars out of 5!

I'm Free! I'm Winston Bloody Churchill, and I'm free!
I’m Free! I’m Winston Bloody Churchill, and I’m free!