For Memorial Day, the U.S. holiday honoring our veterans, a movie about a doozy of a soldier. From my review:
This biopic of the American general is a straightforward film without subtext or irony, just as its subject is. Not that he isn’t a mass of eccentricities. Patton keeps a Bible nearby and prays on his knees, but he also believes in reincarnation — he tells his fellow officers straightfaced that he was with Napoleon in Russia. He writes poetry and can “smell a battlefield.” He likes to court danger: He promotes himself to three-star general before it’s officially approved by the U.S. Senate; he stands in front of a strafing German plane, shooting at it with only a pistol. He wants his troops to fear him and has zero tolerance for what he sees as cowardice.