FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (Theatrical Release USA 2006)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Flags of Our Fathers
starts well with a solo vocalist giving emotional prophetic tone to the beginning of the movie. However, Clint Eastwood’s opening scene disappoints initial viewer anticipation due to lack of realism and heart. Box office ratings reflect the flatness and blandness that plague this movie throughout its story. It fails to capture the emotion of this historical event until the end of the movie. The movie is affected by its poor direction, poor acting, and poor dialogue lines. However, the storyline is partially saved with good flashbacks. Clint Eastwood seems a bit scattered in his direction of this film; but, its historical significance makes it worth watching. That same year, 2006, Eastwood makes this movie from the Japanese perspective. It is a much higher quality movie entitled Letters From Iwo Jima.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Marines assigned to beach at Iwo Jima wonder if Japanese defenders are still present as they land and then find themselves under heavy fire.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Clint Eastwood for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Lorenz for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: John Bradley (Ryan Phillippe), Rene Gagnon (Jesse Bradford), Ira Hayes (Adam Beach), Keyes Beech (John Benjamin Hickey), Bud Gerber (John Slattery), Mike Strank (Barry Pepper), Ralph Ignatowski (Jamie Bell), Hank Hansen (Paul Walker), and Colonel Chandler Johnson (Robert Patrick).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Despite its flaws, the movie will appeal to history buffs and war movie fans, but the higher quality watch is its sister film, Letters From Iwo Jima.

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