tour de force
/ˌto͝or də ˈfôrs/
an impressive performance or achievement that has been accomplished or managed with great skill.
George Orwell wrote:
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
After watching the Universal Pictures film “1917” all I could think of is how it was a profile is courage. I also felt that Hollywood had returned to an era where courage, faith and manhood reigned supreme in the United Kingdom.
What was most important to me was the unparalleled value of the lone soldier given an impossible mission.
Every war has its heroes, some recognized, most unknown. The film “1917” portrayed the dedication of two men committed to getting their mission completed in order to save their fellow men in arms, no matter what the price.
Perhaps what was most poignant about the film was how the two main characters, two simple British soldiers Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake, carrying out their orders while remembering about their families back home. For you see it is about their families which drives them forward to do what they do, be a soldier in service to their nation.
Perhaps the most personal and emotional scene in “1917” is when Lance Cpl. Schofield comes across a young French woman in a German occupied town taking care of a baby that it not her own. This short scene showed the true meaning of being a man and woman. A man with compassion. A woman with true grit.
Some may say that “1917” is filled with “toxic masculinity.” I say bravo for its depiction of men being men. Real men. Ordinary men. Soldiers. Unnamed heroes.
This is what real life is all about. Tough men protecting people who sleep peacefully in their beds.
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