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Critic Misses Point on Emotional Film

I have never read such an ignorant article depicting exactly what a movie was about ("Flags of Our Fathers," Arts & Culture, Oct. 25) — Americans who do not honor the brave men and woman who fight for our freedom. If I had not been so moved by this movie, maybe I would not take it so personally.

Critic Wayne Melton first writes of his distaste that the movie was about the bond drives. If he is going to see a film and write about it, I am amazed that he did not do a simple Google search since it is obvious he did not read the book. How lazy! Most people have heard of this book and know the history. This is film meant for reflection and historical recall.

The movie was much larger that what he grasped, and he is incorrect on an important point. The movie's mission statement was not "A single shot can save the war," as Melton stated. The mission statement was made as the sailor who had fallen off the boat lay floating in the water screaming for help. As his friends on the ship realized in horror they were not going to stop, Ryan Phillippe (Doc) made the defining statement: "So much for 'no man left behind.'" Wow, and in the end, our country cared more about a flag than the men who put it up. Do we now?

The rest of the movie did twist and turn, and I had no issues with following the movement — and in fact, I was impressed how the movie's direction tied every loose end and in a casual storytelling way

If Melton had allowed himself to feel the film instead of look for a movie escape, maybe he could have felt what was so plainly there. Maybe he should have looked around at the faces of the people crying in the theater when he left. I doubt he did. In his ignorant abandon for his two-hour joy ride of entertainment, he forgot the difference between movies and films. Films make us feel, but you have to be open to explore and listen and learn.

Vanessa A. Andrews

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