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.