Brothers – Movie Review
A young man comforts his older brother’s wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.
Brothers stars Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal with Sam Shepherd and Mare Winningham playing parts as well. It’s based on a Danish movie which translates as “brothers”. The story is of a gung-ho marine who is in Afghanistan and his ne’er-do-well brother. When the movie opens we see Tobey, who is the straight arrow Marine, about to deploy to Afghanistan with his two daughters and his loving wife being upset about his leaving, his father being very proud, and poor Jakey being released from prison. So we know everything we need to know about them. This is a really, really good movie. It’s very well acted. Tobey Maguire, who most of us think of as Spiderman, is really turning into a terrific actor, and everybody else sort of orbits around his brilliance, but he is terrific in it. It’s not an easy story, he becomes a prisoner of war, I’m not really spoiling anything. Everyone assumes he’s dead except us, the audience, because we know he’s not. What happens to warriors, what happens to family, what happens to brothers and marriages and how we heal– it’s just really a wonderful, wonderful movie, but it’s hard to watch. Four stars.