Friday, October 20, 2006
Flags Of Our Fathers opens today
Very excited about this new movie coming out today. When I read the book, I thought to myself that this would make a great movie for the big screen. The old John Wayne movie about Iwo Jima could stand some modernization. After seeing "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan", you can't help but wonder what today's film makers could do with the story of this epic battle. But there's more than just the incredible battle that took down 26,000 U.S. Marines and 22,000 Japanese. The story is told from the perspective of one of the flag raisers sons. James Bradley grew up knowing little of his father's heroism or after war experiences. His dad, John Bradley, was a humble man and decided to put the war behind him to raise his family. James does a wonderful job describing the lives and death of the famous flag raisers. This gives the story a personal feel. Not many realize that the famous picture was actually the second flag raising and that the battle was far from over. In fact, many of the flag raisers lost their lives on that piece of rock. I hope Clint Eastwood's directing of this story does it the justice it deserves.