My Baby Ate Your Dingo and other ramblings

February 26, 2009, 12:15 am
Filed under: DVD review

 I consider myself a History buff and sadly the Civil War is a subject I am not all that familiar with.  I feel like the last time I studied it was in middle school.  I’m not sure why it was not focused upon more while I was in high school considering it is a pivotal part of American History and African American History.  I feel that the Civil War should be studied alongside the Civil Rights movement in order to analysis racism and segregation in the United States. 

     With all that said I would say this film gives a just viewpoint of the Civil War and helps to open people’s eyes to the time and the men who fought during it.  I do not feel that the film was extraordinary by any means and certainly there is room for improvement.  Broderick is well suited for the role as well as Morgan Freeman.  I almost felt like this film would have made more of an impact on me if it was not made by a big name director and did not star known people.  Sometimes star power can ruin a film because you recognize the actors from other roles.  No matter how hard I try to disconnect Broderick from Ferris Bueller he still is always there despite of his roles. 

     I enjoy war films a lot because war is so puzzling to me. One thing I noticed that was different from other war films such as Saving Private Ryan or Deer Hunter is that I did not sense a bond of brotherhood.  I know that this was because it was the Civil War and even though whites and black fought together they still were segregated, however, even among the African Americans I did not get a sense of a strong bond.  This film differs from the above mentioned because when a man was wounded you never saw another man stop to pick him up and move him from battle.  Perhaps this never happened because of the type of warfare.  I presume historians may not even know since it occurred so long ago.  For me when watching a war film I like to see that aspect of brotherhood, the no man left behind motto.  Since this film did not have that I felt a little less moved and questioned the soldiers duty to overcome racism.  

     Another HUGE aspect of the film that took me immediately out of whatever was happening was the music.  I did not enjoy the over emphasized heroic music.  It was not necessary to burst out in song when a “white man dropped his racist beliefs to fight with a black man”.  Music like that makes me laugh and makes me feel like they are almost mocking what is happening.  I rather it be silent when something pivotal is happening.  A perfect example of this is when Broderick’s character charges on Fort Wagner only to be gunned down.  We really didn’t need the added orchestra to feel his sacrifice and belief in the cause. 

     I defiantly think more films should be made about the Civil War, not so much because they will sell tickets because it’s a war film, but because It may help shine light on the race problem in America during the time and sadly race problem that is still going on in America.

 Men fought to restore a divided nation and free slaves but unfortunately African Americans are still facing hardships.  I grew up in a white town in the South. A town where blacks still live in the impoverished parts of town and are less educated then their white counterparts.  It is sad and embarrassing to know that I am from a town where racism is still prevalent and where people still hang confederate flags on their doorsteps and in the back windows of their trucks.  


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