“War is like a big machine that no one really knows how to run and when it gets out of control it ends up destroying the things you thought you were fighting for, and a lot of other things you kinda forgot you had. ” – Lidia
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 11 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After their father returns from fighting in Vietnam, a young boy and girl must learn about the realities of life and figure out what is important to fight for.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw not long after it came out and always had fond memories of it being quite good, but I really couldn’t recall much about what it was all about.
The idea is presented quite well and we learn so much about what a parent-child relationship can be all about.
Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood are both extremely good here and its easy to believe their relationship.
The issues explored here sometimes are quit complex, but they do a great job presenting them in a simple and even interesting way.
They touch upon some amazing themes about the ways that a parent can teach their child the proper tools in order to help them know what the right thing to do is when faced with difficult situations.
This is a somewhat slow film, but it’s message is more powerful than one would expect and is a great example of how to tell a multi-layered story filled with lots for us to learn all about.
Bottom Line – Great idea that is done quite well. Costner and Wood are both great here and you can really feel the father-child relationships here. This film delves into very complex issues, but manages to get them across in a very interesting way. Some of the themes touched upon here are great and says so much about what kind of relationship a parent should have with their child while giving them the proper tools to help decide what the right thing to do in difficult situations. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Film debut of Lucas Black. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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