Today is Veterans Day, so I want to start off with a thank you to my dad and all the other veterans around the country. In their honor, I will pick three of my favorite military movies. Nothing new here, just great movies you have probably seen.
Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is a great, great movie. One thing I think why it is great, is the fact that I can’t watch it over and over again, like I can most movies. It is so real and so well done it is emotionally draining to watch. From the very first scene to the very end it just keeps coming at you. One scene in particular, the hand to hand combat scene is amazingly done, and it’s hard for me to watch every time. Great movie.
Another well done movie, very realistic. Charlie Sheen when he was a normal guy, and Willem Defoe in his second best role (see Boondock Saints!). One of the first movies my wife and I went to see together – in High School!
My last pick for favorite war movies is Apocalypse Now. Like Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now is a war movie I can watch over and over again. These movies don’t play with your emotions as much as Saving Private Ryan and Platoon. They do, but it’s just different. I can hear Robert Duvall deliver his line about loving the smell of napalm in the morning a million times and it’s still awesome. It’s like, victory.