Movie Review: Nothing new here. Worth watching at home.
I bet you some movie critics from the main stream media will be taking shots at President Trump in their review of this film. It comes natural for them, and they
will do anything to influence their readers. A movie based on the life of soldiers is the best time to take shots at the President. But it is interesting how many
of these same critics were not eager enough to bash their messiah - President Obama - when they had the chance. The media narrative now is that President Trump is
not sympathetic towards soldiers or their families, and that the majority of soldiers are left leaning and don’t approve of the President. Obviously, it’s really silly
to think that is true. I bet that if you ask any Operator if they approve of Trump, ninety percent would say that they do.
Ok, my quick rant out of the way, now back to the movie. Director Jason Hall has established himself as a respectable writer in Hollywood. Hall's most famous screenplay is
American Sniper, a great film which was nominated for multiple awards. He did a great job capturing the psyche of an elite sniper. Thank You for You Service is his new film
and his first time directing. Was it as good as American Sniper? Not even close but it had its moments.
American Sniper focused on one person, while this movie focuses on three people. The film is about how combat veterans adjust back to regular civilian life. Now I might be a little hard-headed
as a veteran, coming from a military family, and living in close proximity to a major military base; but I interact with many military personal and veterans. They are my friends, my family, and my
neighbors. I have seen some veterans falter in their civilian life and I have seen many that adapt and excel very well. This movie did nothing for me emotionally, because I’ve experienced this topic
personally. There is really nothing new in this film that hasn’t done before in other films. I commend the filmmakers attempt at drawing the audience into the challenging transition from active duty
to civilian life, but the film lacked an emotional draw. The movie was nothing more than consistently repeated cliché’s. I do appreciate this movie in that it gives more insight into the difficulties of
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be very difficult, and I commend the film for showing the challenges it creates for veterans and their families.
The movie also gives insight into the horribly government run agency which is the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). What they did not touch on in great depth is the government
union associated with the VA. The VA has been horrible for decades. Politicians always talks about helping and loving veterans, but nothing has really changed within the VA. Thank
Goodness for President Trump - yes, I am getting political again. The first step in fixing the VA, is to hold the VA administration accountable. And President Trump has done that,
lots of people have been fired, and the VA seems to be finally improving. Unions are causing the delays, but I feel confident it will get there.
If you rarely watch military based movies or know little about military culture, I would recommend the movie, and I believe this movie does enough that it will keep you engaged.
For everyone else, this movie does little in my opinion, there is nothing new here that a right-winger wouldn’t know and the movie doesn’t capture you emotionally.
ReeYaa Grade = C-