Flags of Our Fathers (2006)


flags of our fathers“Our target, Island X, is an ugly, smelly, dirty little scab of rock called Iwo Jima. It means “Sulfur Island,” which accounts for the smell. Looks sort of like a burnt pork chop if you ask me. After twenty straight days of bombing, you won’t find a blade of grass or a twig on it. It wasn’t that pretty to start with.” – Colonel Chandler Johnson

Number of Times Seen – 2 (25 Dec 2006 and 8 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – The story of the lives of the men who raised the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

My Take on it – Clint Eastwood has been one of the best consistent directors over the past 25 years and this movie is more proof of that.

The problem with this movie is that it is trying to tell a small story that is part of a much larger story and it is very difficult to focus just on the lives of the soldiers involved in a linear fashion which causes the movie to be slightly confusing if you aren’t paying close attention.

Eastwood makes up for that by showing amazing battle footage that comes close to being on par with the battle footage of Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Black Hawk Down (2001).

This movie is clearly a love letter to heroes long forgotten and painfully shows how they were treated by fellow Americans who hailed them for their actions and also by government officials who tried to capitalize on their heroism.

This movie is based on the book written by the son of one of the surviving soldiers.  Eastwood tried for years to get the rights to the book away from Steven Spielberg and in the end, they agreed to produce it together.

This movie is a companion piece to Eastwood’s second movie in 2006 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) which tells the story of the battle from the Japanese side.

It is quite interesting seeing how both movies complement each other.

Bottom Line – Great story, but not completely coherent narrative due to the scale of the story. Expertly directed by Clint Eastwood. Recommended

Rating – Globe Worthy

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