Letters from Iwo Jima ★★★½

Clint skilfully maneuvered his way round the many war movie tropes and presented an different view. Often presented as the ultimate war movie culture clash the Pacific theatre seemed to specialise in pointless sacrifices on tiny dots of land.

It's a curious thing about war movies that we often admire the quietly efficient general who is expert at his job - this was the case here. There are a few villains here, but for the most part there was a resigned air of inevitability that was ultimately pretty depressing.

The washed out palette suited everything and the combat scenes were effective in the brutality but I was glad that they took second place to the human stories throughout.