Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Battle of the Greats: The 3 Best War Films of All Time
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# 3: Fury (2014)
Featuring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, Fury is set in Nazi Germany during the final days of World War II. Hardened U.S. Army Sergeant Don Collier commands a M4 Sherman tank nicknamed ‘Fury’. When one of its veteran crew members is killed in action, young Private Norman Ellison is recruited to take his place. But it soon becomes apparent that Ellison is unprepared for the ruthless horrors which await him as the tank presses on deeper into war-torn Germany. The film achieved a hugely positive critical reception and grossed over $200 million in the box office.
Stand-out quote: “Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.” – Sergeant Don Collier.
# 2: War Horse (2012)
Steven Spielberg’s War Horse recaptures the remarkable friendship between a young man and his horse that was first imagined in Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel. After being sold to the British Army at the start of the First World War, Thoroughbred Joey begins a hard journey across Europe, encountering the destruction and tragedies of the conflict around him. By 1918, owner Albert has also been enlisted. But whilst a gas attack during the Battle of the Somme leaves the private temporarily blinded, Albert doesn’t need his sight to recognize the sound of his beloved horse after years of separation. The film achieved huge critical acclaim and was nominated for no less than six Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and five BAFTAs.
Stand out quote: “Wherever you are, I will find you and I will bring you home.” – Albert Narracott.
# 1: Platoon (1986)
In the late eighties, Oliver Stone released the first in his acclaimed trilogy of anti-war films starring Charlie Sheen, Keith David and William Defoe. It made history as the first Hollywood film to be directed by a Vietnam War veteran. And unlike most of the war movies that came before it (which tended to glorify battle), Platoon emphasizes the brutality and ugliness of war by telling the story of Chris Taylor, a young U.S. army volunteer assigned to an infantry platoon near the Cambodian border in South Vietnam. Determined to give cinema audiences a glimpse of what it was actually like to be there, Stone drew heavily on his own experiences to capture the physical and psychological horrors Taylor is subjected to serving under Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes. Stone’s honesty saw the picture receive high praise from other Vietnam veterans and (even four decades on from its release) Platoon remains widely recognized as the greatest war film of all time. We couldn’t help but agree.
Stand out quote: “I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there.” – Chris Taylor.
So what do you guys think of this short list? What are your favorite War Films? Let's hear it in the comments, friends! Later!