The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line ★★★★

Based on a James Jones graphic novel, it depicts one of the least talked about battles, the "Battle of Guadalcanal."

As any Malick's movie, what immediately delighted me was its cinematography by John Toll. The poetic, almost lyrical nature instantly let you know you are not in for your run-of-the-mill, action heavy war movie. The score by Zimmer also helps highlighting the almost dreamy, delicate tone hidden within all the dirt on this film.

Don't get me wrong though, most of the second act is simply a whole explosive, wildly ride where we get to actually appreciate all the different emotions, all the psychology that goes in a war. This are not tinker toy soldiers, lacking any soul or meaning, but rather man that for different reasons have gotten into this war, some believe its right, while others have their doubts. In this regard, the script is filled with so many lines that will get you think, again, another oddity in this type of movies.

My only nitpick, and why I don't give it an extra star or half of it, is because I am still not a huge fan of the deliberate slow pacing by Malick. There are scenes where it does nothing but drag the scene too long, for no real reason, sometimes even taking the tension out.

All in all, boasted by a who's who ensemble cast and great technical work, this is a war film for those seeking for something that's both familiar but different at the same time.

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