Today is the 75th anniversary of the Allied forces landing in Normandy on D-Day, so I decided to watch 6 mo vies about that historic day that were each made in different decades which give a slightly different perspective on the events of that fateful day.
Here is the review of the 4th film that I watched.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jun 2019)
Brief Synopsis – On their way to the beaches at Normandy two Officers, one British and One American reminisce about the love of their lives who turns out to be the same woman.
My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for quite some time but kept pushing it off since it didn’t feel like a ‘real’ war movie depicting the events of D-Day itself.
The concept that is presented here is actually a clever one that is presented in an interesting manner yet fails to be as poignant as one might expect from such a tale.
The chemistry between the characters is weak and doesn’t allow for us to really believe that these relationship are real despite the fact that through the use of flashbacks, the film doesn’t try to make us believe that these are whirlwind romances.
Unfortunately, that also hurts things because one might expect that a relationship built up, developed and blossomed over time might be more impactful that the ones shown here.
The movie does a great job showing the way that people on the home-front needed to act when they wanted to try and find accurate and up to date information about their loved one during battle even if it takes quite some time for them to receive such information.
This film also doesn’t shy away from showing the kind of activities that men stationed far from home would choose to do in order to occupy themselves in their free time all the while still sending home love letters to their family still across the Ocean.
They find a way to show this dichotomy in a pretty realistic fashion and I compliment the film makers on not trying to shy away from depicting the events as they were instead of trying to sugar coat things along the way.
This actually helps the story feel a bit more ‘meatier’ and genuine in the way things are shown.
Bottom Line – Interesting concept that fails to be more poignant as one would expect. The chemistry between the characters doesn’t work well enough for us to believe the love affairs between them even given the fact that neither are whirlwind romances which give time for those relationships to develop and blossom. The way that the film depicts the attitude of people on the home-front during battles without being able to receive accurate and up to date information about the fate of their loved one is done well. They also don’t shy away from describing teh way that men far from home will do things to help pass the time even as they still write long love letters to their loved ones back home. This dichotomy is realistically shown and they should be complimented for not trying to skip over such depictions because they help make the story ‘meatier’ and more genuine feeling.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For the D-Day landing, director Henry Koster used only eighty soldiers and two LCVPs (Higgins Boats aka Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel landing craft). (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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