War is hell, and it’s never more fun to watch than through the safety and comfort of the silver screen. Hollywood’s love affair with the war film is well known amongst both cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike. It’s no secret to historians that the victor in war is the one who writes the history, and it is difficult to argue that America is top dog in the business of winning wars. What is interesting is how American war films choose to portray its prolific history of armed conflict. More often than not, the typical American war film portrays its military in the most positive light it can manage, or the studio risks losing all cooperation from the real military itself in providing fighter jets, rifles, aircraft carriers, servicemen and equipment to the production in the hopes of not only saving money and conveying realism, but more importantly winning the approval of the most powerful and advanced armed forces the world has ever known. On the other hand, this has not stopped a handful of maverick filmmakers from exposing the painful truth of many American wars; that despite all the good the United States believes it does, reality is not so black and white, and occasionally history looks at us* as the bad guys; the aggressors, the tyrants, the invaders, the Great Satan.
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Film Essays, Movie Reviews with tags 1987, 2000, american history, american revolution, army, British, cold war, Film, full metal jacket, heath ledger, history, Hollywood, marines, mel gibson, Movies, R. Lee Ermy, Roland Emmerich, Soviet Union, stanley kubrick, the patriot, united states, vietnam, Vincent D'Onofrio, war, war film on August 1, 2013 by filmplanetasylum