Three Kings Movie Review
The Gulf War has not found much screen time, except for in Courage Under Fire. Three Kings, however, gives us a more raw approach to the American-dominating war, which ultimately is more realistic, funnier, and yet dramatic.
The movie actually takes place after the Gulf War is over, but tensions are still high. It is interesting to see in the earlier part of the movie how the Iraqi soldiers react to the American soldiers, and how they let them do just about anything they want. But things change as one small gunshot tears up the peace, and the movie goes from there.
On one approach, the movie is funny. George Clooney, Ice Cube, and the rest decide to ditch their positions in the Army and go steal $23 million worth of gold bouillon. Now doesn't that sound like a comedy? On the other hand, Three Kings is a serious war movie. It does have some battle sequences, which are extremely well done, but the majority of the screen time is spent with the postwar atmosphere and the United States' role in the Iraqi civilian's lives. While the plot of Three Kings is several soldiers stealing gold, there is a message of morality over regulation. The ending is a good representation of this.
The only downside of this is that the ending of the movie isn't as explosive as I would have liked it to be, but I guess how explosive can it get when Iraq and the U.S. have a Cease Fire Agreement. Basically, the only problems are the same problems that plagued The Thin Red Line, only not as severe. Three Kings isn't quite a conventional war movie as it is not based around any specific battle, nor is it fact. Some people may not appreciate the direction this movie takes, as they may like a more straightforward war movie, but Three Kings is spectacular.
It has great direction. The flashbacks are superbly done and everything from the camera angles to the music to the internal body shots are great. David O. Russell has made an excellent movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.