Men of Honor (2000)
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It's a really good movie according to me, seen it several times. I get inspired to keep fighting for the things I want to achieve
- Marinaio! Con una gamba non in perfette condizioni non può tornare in servizio attivo.
- Signore! Faccio, dunque, richiesta che mi venga tagliata la gamba.
- Internate questo marinaio!
L'ultima battuta l'ho inventata io.
"The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him. " Uh-oh, is Men of Honor going to be a White Messiah movie? I guess it helps that Robert DeNiro's character is such a screw-up, but Brashear still needs that mentor figure to pull him through again and again. And part of that is because DeNiro's Sgt. Major Sunday is such an obvious composite, the kind of character that pops up in different roles just so the biopic doesn't have to introduce a new Navy guy in every act. A real-life story of determination and overcoming odds, but it's incredibly syrupy (I blame the score, mostly), and it sticks to formula. I don't think we really get at what makes Brashear tick. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays him as an earnest man, but not a complex one, and it just seems like he got a good pep talk from his dad one day and it made him driven to a fault. It almost seems like their wives (Aunjanue Ellis and Charlize Theron) had a bit of an arc, but it was cut from the film. They're wasted here understanding or pushing their men, as the plot requires. After Aunjanue Brashear becomes a diver, it feels like it should be over, but there's a supplementary act, and more obstacles (and Navy jerks) to overcome, until the melodrama threatens to swallow the film whole. Sweeping music, tears, be inspired, yadda yadda. Perfectly fine, but perfectly ordinary too.
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