Now having seen the trifecta of WW2 movies currently out (Fury, The Imitation Game and Unbroken), I can say that Unbroken is my favorite. I give it an A. We’ve all heard about Louis Zamperini, from his good times as an Olympic athlete to his horrible times as a WW2 prisoner. We’ve also heard about how his faith and promise to God, led him to forgive his captors. Louis wasn’t always religious but came to be as he also learned to find his strength from within.
While the movie has been compared to a “Hallmark movie on War.” The images on the screen convey more than Louies’s story but the story of an entire generation. The second degree blisters on the face of Louis and Phil in the lifeboat to the blackness that covered everyone and everything in the prison camp. The buzz of the insects in the Pacific jungle and the grayness of the Japanese town hit by mortar. Those things stay with you.
Color me shocked that it didn’t get nominated for any Golden Globes. Could it be that people are still angry at Jolie? But watch out at the Oscars. I was intrigued by the Japanese Prison camp leader Mutsuhiro Watanabe or “The Bird” played by Miyavi. I couldn’t tell if there was a sexual interest or something else. It kept me on edge. I can see why he haunted Louis’s sleep and this Japanese Rock Star will certainly get an Oscar nomination.
**Additionally, I did some research after the movie and found that there was sexual interest by The Bird. He was probably bi-polar and a sexual sadist. The young man playing him is a rock star, along the lines of One Direction in the US...My daughter and son loved listening to his music and watching his videos. I never made the connection until I saw an image of him on the computer.
Personally, my former grandfather-in-law was interned in a German POW camp in Romania and his story of finding God and pledging his life to forgiveness was written about in another book. The Romanian princess visited America and stayed at my grandparents' home.***
It's all about the movies...