Brothers (Jim Sheridan’s remake) at The Stranger

I review Jim Sheridan’s Brothers, a remake of Susanne Bier’s 2004 homefront drama scripted by David Benioff, for The Stranger.

A remake of Susanne Bier’s Danish film of the same name, Brothers is being promoted as a romantic triangle inflamed by post-traumatic stress disorder. That’s not exactly accurate. Brothers is more of a psychological character drama turned wartime psychodrama—less about romantic tensions than the damage of war on soldiers and the families left behind. Think of it as this generation’s answer to Coming Home, with a bit of The Deer Hunter thrown in and a fraternal bond at the center.

Read the complete review here.

Daddy soldier (Tobey Maguire) back from war
Daddy soldier (Tobey Maguire) and the family left behind


Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I’m a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I’ve written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View.

I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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