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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: das boot! das boot!

There’s nothing like a nice piece of delicious movie cheese. From my review of U-571:

All is not well aboard the S-33. Captain Mike Dahlgren (Bill Paxton) has just denied his executive officer — his second in command, Lt. Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey) — the promotion he so badly wanted. Tyler is not ready for command, Dahlgren tells him flat out. But we’ve seen Captain Picard give this same lecture on the hard responsibilities of command on Star Trek: The Next Generation, so we know fate is gonna deal Tyler precisely the das boot in the pants he needs to learn this the hard way. It’s utterly unsurprising — and hence it gives away nothing to reveal this — that poor old Paxton will be sacrificed to McConaughey’s character arc. It’s not the stalwart Paxton’s fault that when his Dahlgren all but grunts, “Go on without me,” to Tyler, it’s funny instead of poignant and inspiring: we’ve seen this character dynamic too many times before to be moved by it.

review of U-571, posted 04.20.00

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