But is it helpful?Credit where it's due. Jolie has made a war film as good as many. Plenty of drama and excitement with the usual extreme U.S. patriotism. It's easy to see why this film has caused consternation in Japan though. It's definitely an 'us against them' flick with the Japanese portrayed as the worst kind of monsters and the allied forces as the heroes of the day.
While all this may be fundamentally true I can't help thinking that a woman who works so hard to promote peace and understanding might have tempered this portrait of Japanese cruelty vs U.S. heroism. Still, at the end of the day, a war film that stands up well in it's genre.