Now that I got the girl, what do I do?Similarly, the best movie of 2009 asks a very difficult, very ubiquitous question. For centuries, war has asked women one question (What if my son/brother/husband doesn't come back?) and men another question (What if I don't come back?). We always assume that, if you make it back, society will wrap you in its arms, build you a statue, and try to make it worth your while.
But since the Vietnam fallout, war has asked us a different question, one that has taken us a few decades to work out:
What if my son/brother/husband/I make it back, but he/I can't handle the real world anymore?The movie doesn't give us the answer, but it asks it very beautifully:
There's also a Russian (or something) dubbed, longer version on YouTube, but this one works.
According to Screenwriter Boal himself:
Both of those scenes, and the juxtaposition between them, sum up the film. . . . The supermarket scene is one that veterans in particular have pointed out to me - it's probably the single scene that they talk about the most, which is surprising to me. It really seems to ring true to a lot of them in the sense of capturing that feeling of being lost when you come back to a normal life.So that's my two cents.