Review: Letters from Iwo Jima

Very nice follow-up to earlier this year’s Flags of our Fathers, also directed by Clint Eastwood and a Dreamwork/Amblin production. Having seen Flags is actually a must, immmersing you deeper into the story, but then from the other point of view. While the concept might not be new, it’s refreshing to have a full Japanase angle on this story. Also, the atmosphere is distinctively different than Flags, logically. Then again, Japanese reasoning and mindset towards war is also nothing really new.
What IS the same, is the gritty monochromic filming, but that’s as far as it goes. There’s even a humorour undertone in many scenes.
If you ever wanted a series of war movies that are not too much of the same, these two movies should be in your collection.7½.

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