Thursday, June 25, 2009


Waltz with Bashir * * * * *
Directed by: Ari Folman / 2008

The Dog of War…

There are certain movies that you know aren’t going to end well. “Waltz with Bashir” is about director Ari Folman’s search to reconnect lost memories as a soldier in the Lebanon war and massacres of the late ‘80s. All the while the ever present end product waits for you on the credits’ horizon. This is some amazing and heavy duty film artillery. Attention folks: this is no Pixar stick for the kids or even most of your selves. But this needs to be viewed and with some minor editing, in public schools. This is animation as ammunition to the harsh and harrowing realities of war, to man’s violent intent to destroy one another. Indeed, one can see such on any morning paper headline or nightly news cast, even looking out the windows to the world. And how many more movies and stories must we make to convince our brothers and sisters to stop fighting? “Waltz with Bashir” is gorgeous and gut-wrenching from the opening scene of death hounds running the streets and ends worse than you will ever see coming. It is the ONLY way to end this film. -djg

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