Friday, July 09, 2004

Criticism of the First Persian Gulf War in Three Kings

Criticism of the First Persian Gulf War in Three Kings Article which reviews the political tone of the film Three Kings which focused on Iraq and the First Persian Gulf War. I personally didn't like the film but this is a good analysis of the political tone of the movie.

From the site:

I chose to write about Three Kings. The film stood out amongst because it did not involve politicians or the staff of politicians. It profiled the military and chronicled the suffering of the Iraqi people. The plot was excellent, revealing the moral transformation of Archie Gates, Troy Barlow, Chief Elgin and Conrad Vig (whom I will refer to as the four soldiers). I found the camera work effective in demonstrating the violence of war and also appreciated the choice of the Vietnam War era music that was strategically interspersed with violence. In the following paragraphs, I will go more into depth about what I just mentioned while addressing the questions in the three mandated areas of analysis on the syllabus.

The socio/political context of The Three Kings

The socio/political context can be described as liberal and highly critical of the policies of Republican President Bush. The film criticized the lack of U.S, support for the Iraqi people and the policy of bombing Iraq. The filmmakers asserted that the Bush Administration was more concerned about protecting oil resources and the wealthy people of Kuwait than the people of Iraq. The criticism of Bush was first evident in the scene where four main characters, Archie Gates, Chief Elgen, Conrad Vig and Troy Barlow witnessed the desperation of the villagers after the content of the milk truck was destroyed by Hussein’s soldiers. George Clooney’s character, Archie Gates, explained to his cohorts that Bush told the people of Iraq to rise up against Sadam, but didn’t offer the expected support. Instead, Hussein's soldiers punished rebels by cutting off food supplies to villages. The U.S. didn’t offer help and people ended up with a lack of food. Later, when the “three kings”, Gates, Barlow and Elgin, were trying to save the lives of group of refugees by helping them cross into Iran, U.S. military superiors tried to stop them because the Gates and his cohorts were violating U.S. policy.

Bush’s policy of bombing Iraq was also questioned. The filmmakers revealed how innocent lives were affected as a result of the bombing. Troy Barlow’s captor told Barlow how his family, including his baby, died as a result of the bombing. The two characters agreed that the loss was “worse than death.” Also, Archie Gates learned that one of the refugees, Amir Abdullah, lost his businesses as a result of the bombing.

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