The war movie genre is most of the time focused on anti-war sentiments. A war movie may also display the horrifying effects of battles, both emotional and physical. Whether the standpoint used is political or not, viewers are given a general idea of what war is like. A war movie may be based on a fictional script or biographical or historical accounts. Some filmmakers may produce a war movie because of the challenge of recreating battles, while others are more keen on relaying a message, political or moral. For those who have chosen to use a political standpoint, their message may be relayed according to their favoured side on the particular war featured.
War movie angles
Though belonging to the same genre, war movies may differ in focus. A war movie may concentrate on the brutal fights and tortures involved. This type of war movie can have realistic fight scenes, casualties and brave soldiers or warriors defending their ideals. A war movie may also focus on the emotional aspects. This may include a war movie that features families in hiding during the war, agonising over the possibility of being caught. A war movie may revolve around one or more of the following: prisoners-of-war, war preparations, survival tactics and ordinary life during the war. While a war movie can be purely political, it can sometimes manage to find a romantic angle. An example of a war movie that incorporates romance is "Pearl Harbor".
How the military can help in war movie production
Military men are considered experts when it comes to weapons and war strategies. They are the ones consulted when research is being done for a war movie. For a war movie to be authentic, the director must receive technical guidance from the right source. A war movie production may also need real ships and tanks, which the military can also provide. Not being careful with details may make the audience react to the movie differently or not as the director desired.
Notable war movies
There are many war movie masterpieces. These movies are the best representatives of the war they have chosen to portray. The 1979 film, "Apocalypse Now" showed how a single man faces the Vietnam War. "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List" are just two of the many war movies that tackle World War II. Though both movies are from famed director Steven Spielberg, they are from completely different perspectives, one from an American soldier and the other from a Nazi hero.