This Week In Cinema: July 22-28, 2012

I am neither a saint or a soldier, but I am one bad ass man!

Only one movie this week, again,

Saints And Soldiers (2003, Ryan Little, United States Of America) **1/2

I could tell that something was off with Ryan Little’s 2003 film, Saints And Soldiers. The setting wasn’t badly handled but it had a fake sheen about it. The characters weren’t one note, but they came across as slightly stilted and artificial. The religious references were earnest, but they were also out of place and didn’t mesh with the general feel of the film. The reason Saints And Soldiers felt so off clicked into place when I found out it was a Mormon film. I’m not anti-Mormon, or anti-religion, but the awkward insertion of religion all of a sudden made sense. So did the artificial feel of most of the film. Saints And Soldiers is a film with decent intentions, but it can never escape that slightly artificial feel that comes with a film from the Mormon community.

Wrap-Up:

I really wanted to watch another movie this week, but my schedule simply would not allow it. Even though it’s not that good, Saints And Soldiers takes home movie of the week honors. Until next week, watch more movies!

Cheers,
Bill

2 responses to “This Week In Cinema: July 22-28, 2012

  1. AdamSherlock

    I know what you mean. There are times that I will pick up a new cd from an unknown band, and after the first couple of songs I start looking through the liner notes with an uneasy feeling about the ‘authenticity’ of passion in the music. 9 times out of 10, they turn out to be a christian band. For more mormon movie making fun, try out ‘Brigham City’. It is an LDS attempt at a gritty noir style small town serial killer movie. it makes Saints and Soldiers look like Saving Private Ryan.

  2. Funny you should mention Saving Private Ryan. There was a specific musical cue that Saints And Soldiers used repeatedly that made me think of Saving Private Ryan. Still, Saints And Soldiers was trippy in a weird way, and that’s why I’ll probably check out more Mormon based films sometime in the future.

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