All in Another Time & Place
Don’t come to this movie expecting a typical costume drama about a royal romance in late 17th century France.
What a fun gorgeous movie!
What propels the story along are the twin realities that (a) this story is true and (b) Japanese prison camp conditions really were this horrific. Jolie’s almost documentary approach lets these things speak for themselves. You can’t help but be moved by the results. I certainly was.
If you need a “western” fix (as I do occasionally) this one might do the trick.
What Spielberg seems to be saying is that we must not let the very real fears and dangers of the time make us forget who we are and the freedoms we hold dear.
You’ve got a loyal hero, a heroine torn between loves, an exotic sword lady out to get Our Hero, and dozens of other characters who make the most of their screen time.
Having heard all the negative press about this movie I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
While there’s a lot here that’s “true to the Bible,” the movie also make sense as a fantasy set in a time and place far far away. We can’t help but wonder about the morality of such a world where the vices of humans are met not with forgiveness but with genocide on a planetary scale.
Out of this genocide emerges a new and greener world.
The Imitation Game might oversimplify at times but it does represent the work of real people and that’s a good thing for modern audiences to see.
What a gorgeous movie to look at this is! Plus, the intertwining stories and jumps in time provide amazing and often confusing food for thought.