Sunday, October 01, 2006

Movie: The Guardian ****

Just got back from the Kevin Costner movie "The Guardian" (4* out of 5*). The movie is about an ageing U.S. Coast Guard sea swimming rescuer. You know, the guys who jumps out of a helicopters into the ocean to rescue folks who are in trouble. He is transferred to a Coast Guard school where they train new sea rescuers and Ashton Kutcher is one of his students. Sela Ward plays Costner's wife. The critics are out of their minds this is a good movie. I think it is interesting that on Yahoo Movies the critics on average give this movie a "C" and the public on average give this movie a "B+". There was a big crowd today in Medford for the movie and the audience seemed to like the movie as did I. This is an old fashioned movie about men who are real hero's. Hero's like the "first responders" who went into the World Trade Center on 9/11, or the hero's who are standing for freedom in Iraq or Afghanistan. No Alen Alda types here! If this movie had been made 50 years ago John Wayne would have had the Kevin Costner role and Sela Ward's part would have been played by Maureen O'Hara. I just figured out why the critics pan this movie. No moral ambiguities here. Go see this movie. (Click on the title above for a link to Yahoo Movies page on The Guardian)

Also got to see a preview for the Clint Eastwood Movie about the men who planted Old Glory on Iwo Jima in WW II called "Flags of Our Fathers." It opens in a few weeks and I will be there the first weekend. I read the book ....can't wait for it to open!