From: PDX (and now) London, UK
There's room for many opinions here, and we are passionate about our movies, pro or con.
I don't like Thin Red Line, but others do. Obvert, for instance, is a fan, and I think his profession makes him a more insightful movie critic than a backwoods southern lawyer might be ("don't trust your soul to no backwoods southern lawyer....").
Haha! I was keeping quiet, but I love that you remembered.
I do like Terrance Malick's early films a lot, (Badlands, Days of Heaven), but struggle with his sprawling later work. The Thin Red Line is somewhere between, and I like that it focuses on a potentially confused but insightful main character, an outsider who sees the environment of war as if from outside it while actually being in it. I don't mind inaccuracies since it's for me a timeless concept, more universally human than rooted in a particular history or period, even though it takes place in a WWII Pacific era. I also like that the cast includes so many great actors playing small parts well, happy to not be the center of attention, and Nick Nolte is a classic in this one.
It could be a Roman war film for all I care; I'm more interested in the fact he chose to create film characters noticing the world and wildlife around them in the middle of shock and trauma, moments of extreme peace surrounded by chaos. I've not been in war, but I've been in the world long enough to know that even big eventful moments in our life can be experienced so differently by different people in those situations.
< Message edited by obvert -- 4/30/2019 1:36:26 PM >
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