THANKS, BUT NO THANKS
In 1946, “The Best Years of our Life,” the story of three World War II veterans who return home to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed won an Academy Award as best picture of the year. It was a fabulous movie that told the plight of soldiers trying to adjust to civilian life after years of war. “Thank you for your service” tries to modernize this same tale.
“Thank you for your Service” tells the story of three U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle as they try to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war.
The ensemble cast is headed by Miles Teller who plays Adam Schumann. Haley Bennett is his wife Saskia Schumann. Keisha Castle-Hughes is Alea. I almost didn’t recognize Amy Schumer who sports a dark hairdo.
Academy Award Nominee Jason Hall makes his directorial debut with “Thank you for your Service.” Hall also wrote the screenplay based on the Pulitzer Prize Winning book by David Finkel. Hall also wrote the screenplay for 2014’s “American Sniper.”
Unfortunately, “Thank you for your Service” is dark and does not live up to its predecessor. Instead of entertaining, I found myself squirming through most of this. Based on true stories; the film is too real. It is a sad statement on the plight of soldiers coming home from Iraq, Afghanistan and all the other warring countries of the world where our military is posted.
As a plea for better veteran services, this film works but as a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, it fails miserably. This is not a war film but a movie about what war does to soldiers and how it affects them after they are no longer in physical war but their mind stays in mental war and no one understands except those guys who were with them at the time.
Universal Pictures and AMC Theaters® offered U.S. Veterans and active-duty service members up to10,000 free tickets to Dreamworks Pictures’ “Thank you for your Service.”
This is a movie that will appeal to people who have served in the military in war zones but it is a very sad movie that is difficult to watch. You may want to wait and watch this on Netflix or on DVD so you can pause it and take a break periodically.
“Thank you for your Service” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and Granite City Cinema.