It was a different time?and a different pace. Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner star in a rich feast for the senses from the director of Fried Green Tomatoes. This heartwarming film tells the tale of a close-knit family and th... more »eir remarkable Mississippi summer of 1970. With the help of their friends, Stu (Wood) and Lidia Simmons (Lexi Randall) are determined to build the ultimate treehouse, a place of wonder and magic. Their father Stephen (Costner), a newly returned Vietnam vet, has equally high hopes to rebuild his life and fulfill his family's dreams.Co-starring Mare Winningham, The War will captivate all who fall under its spell. It's a film rich with humor, nostalgia and mesmerizing performances. It is, in the words of the National News Syndicate, "a must-see movie."« less
Angie Kathleen L. from OREM, UT Reviewed on 5/1/2017...
The cover question, for the movie "War" with Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner, is "What's worth fighting for?" Secondary questions might include: "What is war?" and "Whose war is it?" This brilliantly portrayed and filmed work of on-screen truth about the human condition features a foreign-soil shooing war and a violent children's turf war. But it also asks poignant underlying questions about wars revolving around poverty, race, friendship and holding a marriage together. ...personal wars involving inconvenient integrity and courage. These are questions presented without age bias.
Kevin Costner's character answers the featured question by stating, "In the Absence of love there's nothing in this world worth fighting for."
Deeper clarity emerges when Costner's on-screen daughter addresses her class: "What I learned this summer is that no matter how much people understand war, war will never understand people. It's like a big machine don't nobody know how to work. Once it gets out of hand it ends up breaking all the things you thought you was fighting for and a whole bunch of other good things you sort of forgot you had."
This movie forces contemplation not only about what's worth fighting for, but what we value.
Kathleen O. (Kathleen) from WALDPORT, OR Reviewed on 3/28/2009...
This movie is about a poor family during the Vietnam Era, in a small Mississippi town in 1970. The father played by Costner is a Vietnam Vet... The movie is funny, sad, moving... Much better than I thought it would be. It is a great family for the entire family but due to a few adult (non-sexual) situation regarding the war and such kids should watch it with their parents. It is not for small children. I give it four stars.
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Heartwarming family drama?
starcat311 | CA | 01/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I went into this thinking it would be a fairly lighthearted view of one family's troubles living in 1970 Mississippi. After one viewing, I was shocked. Shocked enough to end up watching it three times in two days.Are people really so mean to one another? Adults will stand by while a child gets beaten by a gang? People will purposefully ram other cars when they break down in the road? Children will fight and do life-threatening dares for property? You bet. This reality was what made this movie so compelling and unique in a world of bland, "let's not be controversial" movies. It isn't perfect, by any means. It's too long, has too many sub-stories to successfully complete them all, and is downright cheesy at times. But in terms of acting, Costner combines the haunted vet and nuturing father together believeably, and all the children are well done (there are some great faces, really interesting to look at). The most interesting relationship was between the three girls: a relationship which succesfully merged race, strength, loyalty, and good old fashioned girliness. Elijah Wood also has some truly great moments.The children's war was horrifying, and by far the best part of the movie. I couldn't look at the screen the first time I watched it because it was so disturbing (not because it's violent, but because it's kids who obviously don't realize the seriousness of the situation). It's a really good piece of work, transitioning from innocent to vicious so smoothly the viewers don't consciously realize there was even a shift. Very very well done.The thing I like about The War is that I still find myself thinking about it weeks later. Not so much about war itself, but about children and growing up, and losing the things you love. Only good movies make you do that."
starcat311 | 01/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this first of all for Kevin Costner, but was surprised after watching why you never heard more about this movie, It was fantastic! Every actor and actress did great jobs, but both Elijah Wood and Kevin Costner stood out. It never really had a certain plot but yet it did in the fact that it focused on war from three sides....The real war Costner went through....The war the children fought to try and fit in.....and the war that everyone of us fight inside ourselves. If you don't walk away from this movie with a twing inside something is missing. I would highly recommend this for the whole family to watch and learn from. And yes I cried at the end."
What's worth fighting for...
starcat311 | 08/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The war is a very good movie with a very good slogan (what's worth fighting for..) It's an amazing story and the actors are heartwarming. Everyone acts really well, but Elijah Wood deserves some extra credit here. He proves once again that he's one of the best actors of his age. The war is a movie with a great concept and great scenes, especially the one with the treehouse. In this movie they focus on the real war, but also on the war with yourself and the war between children (treehouse scene). It's a must see movie."
WHY DID THIS MOVIE NOT GET AN OSCAR??? 99 Million STARS!
Carolyn P. Joly | 10/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE WAR is the best movie I have seen in years! The performance by Elijah Jordan Wood should have gotten him an Oscar nomination! It left me in tears wanting more. The moral of the story is so deep and makes you think. This is what movies are all about...not special effects and big money! You must BUY this movie NOW! I would seriously give it an OSCAR for BEST PICTURE!"