About the movie: John Paul and Wayne are two young men in search of their fathers. Problem is...their fathers have been dead for 25 years. Eddie and Steven are two young men in search of their sons...whom they've never met. In 1969, Eddie and Steven are with their squad deep in the jungle of Vietnam on a five-day mission to retrieve fallen comrades. They write letters to their wives, often mentioning their love for their sons, one, who is an infant and one yet to be born. In 1994, John Paul and Wayne go on a five day road trip to the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC to see their fathers' names. Along the way, reading those letters, they begin to get an understanding of who their fathers were and how they died. Trials and mishaps, both funny and sad, complicate the road trip for the boys. The horrors of war and the testing of faith manifest themselves for the young men in
My thoughts: The premise of "Faith of Our Fathers" is simply that sons of today can learn from the faith held by their fathers even though the father was absent from their lives.
As a whole, I enjoyed the movie. Some of the acting was not up to top grade, but on the whole it was good. The mood of the film switched from dull daily life to comedic between the two main characters as they traveled from Louisiana to the Vietnam War Memorial "The Wall." And then in the midst of these comedic scenes it would switch decades back to the Vietnam War and show the two main character's fathers in combat.
John Paul (from California) flies to Louisiana to hunt down one of his father's war buddies and finds the son, Wayne, instead. This in itself is a bit bizarre because it is uncommon for someone to go to this extreme to chase down an unknown individual. However, he does it and when he gets there he is met with shotgun blasts from behind the door of a very unfriendly man, Wayne. So John Paul just sits down in front of the house and waits for Wayne to open the door. This goes on all day and evening. Again, a bit off the wall behavior. Then then two of them start out the next morning to drive from Louisiana to "The Wall."
After these scenes of unusual behavior, the drive becomes one of slapstick comedy.
So you just have to wrap your mind around this unseemly behavior and the serious scenes in Vietnam. Once you do this, the film is worth seeing. The end is "box of tissues" material and quite moving.
As I said before, I enjoyed it and can recommend it. Now it does have some intensity in the battle scene which you will want to prepare young children for. There is no profanity and no bedroom scenes.
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