Um.... a new 'threat' about what I'm watching?
As in, if you don't like it you'll come round my house and give me a severe talking to!!!
Just kidding.... just finished Generation Kill - from the Wire guys.... I think it's playing over here on ABC 2 at the moment too. But I gorged all 7 eps over 2 days on DVD. It's amazing - gritty, raw and does that thing that all great TV or film does, takes you into a world you don't know. And that's no mean feat considering how many war films we've all seen.
Same witty, dense, nuanced dialogue as you got in the Wire and the same attention to detail. The world created (a vision of hell in some parts...) feels utterly real.
The authenticity these guys (David Simon et al) achieve seems to come from a journo's commitment to research - and in this case, apparently the whole story was based on the articles of a guy embedded with the 1st recon marines. However, and I'm gunna tread warily here because I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment.... it felt to me that it was a little too faithful to the source material. Either that or it was trying to make a particular statement about that conflict in it's dramatic approach. Anyone who's seen it may be able to identify with what I'm saying (or disagree completely!).
But that said, it's still a cracking watch. Some of the best moments are the pop culture references that come thick and fast among the dialogue of the young marines. And the spectacle of four blokes rolling across the Iraqi desert in an armour plated humvee singing 'Loving you' in harmonised (badly) falsetto is pure GOLD!
Four stars from me. Margret?
Edited by el toro, 04 February 2011 - 06:40 PM.