A Private War
Posted on February 3, 2019 at 4:33 pmB +
|Lowest Recommended Age:||Mature High Schooler|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated R for disturbing violent images, language throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity|
|Profanity:||Very strong and crude language|
|Alcohol/ Drugs:||Drinking and smoking, drugs|
|Violence/ Scariness:||Brutal wartime violence, characters injured and killed|
|Diversity Issues:||A theme of the movie|
|Date Released to Theaters:||November 16, 2018|
|Date Released to DVD:||February 4, 2019|
I reviewed A Private War for rogerebert.com. An excerpt:
The dramatic, personal story of Colvin herself is absorbingly told here, largely because of Pike’s dynamic performance, showing us a woman who was courageous enough to risk her life for a story on a daily basis but remained vulnerable enough to make the stories viscerally compelling. That combination took a terrible toll. She used sex and booze to numb her feelings but they could not stop the nightmares. “You’re not going to get anywhere if you acknowledge fear,” she says, but she admits that after the danger is over, she feels it. It is surreal to see her back in London at an elegant gala event, picking up another journalism award in between trips to war zones where she has to maintain enough distance from the carnage all around her to write about it – and keep from becoming part of it. The contrast in perspective and priorities between Colvin and her editor (an excellent Tom Hollander) makes a deeper point about the uneasy and sometimes conflicted relationship between editors trying to sell papers and reporters trying to get the story read.
To the extent we need to know why she had this compulsion and whether she missed having a home and family, those elements are present without being reductive or simplistic.