War Movies Continue to Be Popular

If you’re looking to make a lot of money at the box office, there are several themes that are goldmines. Buddy comedies always seem to do well, as do romantic comedies. Big historical epics are a bit riskier, but if done right can pay off with huge dividends. Another type of movie that can be hard to create but has a huge audience is a war movie. Whether it’s based from the general’s perspective or if it’s told by frontline medics decked out in scrubs clothing, war movies are fertile ground for all sorts of topics. Sometimes the movie barely has to be about a war at all-the setting is enough to create a story. Other times there isn’t much story at all and the fighting takes center stage. Whatever the case, war movies have all sorts of built-in audiences like those who have served in the armed forces, history buffs, and those interested in watching a movie about an event that they remember happening in their life.

War movies come in all shapes and sizes. Some movies are technically proficient, showing the ins and outs of the actual battles. These movies tend to be high on special effects, but also strive to be historically accurate. Since books are written about many of the more high-profile battles, there are many out there that could tell if the facts were twisted around. It’d be like putting a scrubs uniform on a soldier rather than their fatigues. They’d stick out like a sore thumb.

But once you get past all the explosions, the fighting, and the adrenaline rush of being shot at, many war movies have a very personal touch at their core. The focus might be on the men and their families, the innocent caught in the crossfire, or the tough decisions those at the top need to make. There are even films that highlight those in scrubs uniforms that take wounded soldiers and try and put them back together again-or at least comfort them in their last moments. Thankfully, most of us have never been in a war, and maybe that’s why we’re so fascinated about war movies. It’s a subject that we’ve seen played out on the nightly news countless times, but that we have no first-hand knowledge of. For all our sake, let’s hope that our war experience stayed relegated to snippets we see on the news, rather than a first-hand account of what it’s like to be on the front lines. If we need more, we can always rent another war movie.