February 05, 2004
The Fog of War

Errol Morris's voice is kind of grating. That's the only criticism I have of this documentary. It's primarily about 2 hours of Robert McNamara talking about Robert McNamara, considered the major evil behind getting us stuck in the Vietnam War. We hear about his past, his youth, his military service, his business savvy, and ultimately his getting named Secretary of Defense under JFK and Johnson. He was involved in the firebombing of Japan. He was involved with the Cuban Missile Crisis. And he was a major force in sending and keeping the troops in Vietnam. And he never really admits he was wrong about anything.

Told in the format of 11 lessons McNamara learned in his life, the documentary gives you a wonderfully opaque idea of who this man really is. You can't blame the filmmaker for having such a murky subject. But of course it makes him all the more interesting. What if he'd been apologetic and weepy? How boring would that have been?

Posted by Alyssa at February 05, 2004 09:00 PM
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