Well this is a brief review of the first book that really read this year as the previous book, A Frozen Hell, was about 90% read in 2013. So in a nutshell, it is interesting and worth a read at least once, especially for the price. Don't expect earth moving revelations about the movie, even the author will admit to that.
Without go into a huge review, the author has 23 independent essays that cover various topics about his interpretations for the movie, Red Dawn. The key thing is to remember that these are independent essays, otherwise it might seem that he is repeating himself at times. But if one is read the chapters out of order or only to read those that interest the reader, it makes prefect sense why he repeated some things in some the different chapters. Some of his observations were items I didn't catch before, like early on one of the actors was wearing a Star Wars hat and what it might have meant. The author comes off as very well read and have watches movie for their content and not some beer drinking hillbilly who thinks Joe Dirt is Oscar material. So his observations and interpretations are actually pretty meaningful. I only caught one error in one of the essays, unfortunately I forgot to make a note of where it was, but he accidentally states only one time that it was Toni & Danny that survive the movie, when it was actually Erica & Danny. But he has it correct every other time in book. It was clearly an accidental editing error for that one sentence.
For the most part I agree with a lot of his interpretations, but will disagree (partially) in two subjects, that being the Communist invaders were oppressive baddies and about the meanings of needing of armed individuals to secure our freedoms. Back when I was much younger, I would have agreed with him pretty much without question, now over the years of being jaded and cynical, I would disagree. Basically, it not because I agree with the Communist invaders cause, but I don't see how they were any more different then some of our own or our allies actions in wars, although he does touch on Col Bella being human and sort of touches on it again about the invaders as a whole in another essay. Quite honest, I am more impressed with Red Dawn's image of the invaders or the baddies being humans with different agendas vs the nameless and oppressive baddies in many other movies like Invasion, USA, (1952), War of the Worlds, or Saving Private Ryan for an example.
|If these are the armed individuals that are to resist the Communist invader, all I have to say is "Hello, Comrades! May I serve you some vodka and put on my Red Elvises' album, 'Russian Bellydance' for you?"|
Anyways, I enjoyed it and it is worth a read.
As a special treat, I am adding a YouTube clip of the Red Elvises' hit, "I Want To See Your Bellydance"