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.
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!