The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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They Were Expendable was the first time [Ford] would loose the weight of his experiences on a general audience.
The film moves along curiously and cautiously, prideful of the crews of the PT boats but also aware that each victory was achieved at a great cost and that sacrifices would have to continue to be made as the war trudged along.
The real star of the film is the gorgeous, luminous, mostly outdoor black-and-white cinematography.
The most unfortunate thing about John Ford's excellent, elegiac war film, with a strong turn from John Wayne, was its release date, December 1945, since the war was over.
Surprisingly rich film is one of the best war films ever made.
Really not that exciting.
Entertaining film about PT boats and how they were used in the first months of WWII. John Ford made this film during the last days of the war and he added every detail of realism he could. The action scenes are great and really intense. There is hardly any rear projection and shot with real backgrounds, explosions, and alot of intensity. For some reason most of the night scenes are shot real dark. The night raids are shot day for night, but the scenes between actors is just plain dark. It works, but it is still strange. It's also strange that John Wayne is second banana in this film, but he excels in the role. There is a small romance between Wayne and the beautiful Donna Reed that works really well and doesn't get in the way of the story.
Another Wayne classis if you like that sort of stuff.....and I do.
I never get tired of Robert Montgomery -- or of his daughter, Elizabeth Mongomery of TV's Bewitched, for that matter. An extremely fine actor, no matter how schmaltzy or schlokey the story, from an era I can only experience through film. Mahalo to Ted Turner for helping us all to see so many classics that past generations jammed theaters to see. This is one of the few -- very few -- John Wayne films I can manage to get caught up in. He's less him here.
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