Monday, May 17, 2010

The Pacific

Angela and I just finished watching HBO's The Pacific and an hour later I am sitting here still depressed and trying to hold back the tears. I won't say too much to spoil anything for those of you who haven't seen it yet (which I am guessing is mostly all of you). This show is sharp departure from other depictions of WWII such as Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, and instead sits more closely with The Thin Red Line, and perhaps Letters from Iwo Jima. Like the latter films, The Pacific doesn't glorify war or make it a factory for heroes, but instead shows war for what it is--a destroyer of all of humanity.

I can't say that I enjoyed this series. I left each episode depressed and exhausted. It hurt to watch and left me numb. I'm not sure that I want to ever watch it again.

But I guess that is war should be.

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