The movie that really tugs at my patriotic heart strings is Independence Day. Of course the name was a play on the 4th of July theme anyway, and it came out very near July 4th (the internet is telling me it was july 2 1996 but I seem to remember it coming out on the 4th of that year.)
It is your typical alien invasion movie, kind of a play on War of the worlds in a way, nothing too speacial. But it is many things within that. As I have already stated it tugs at being a patriotic film, and an alien movie. It also has spots of dark comedy, and light comedy, and in a way it is a buddy movie with Jeff Goldbloom and Will smith going to destroy the alien invaders.
The patriotic part though is near the end when Bill Pullman's character ( the President of the United States) delivers a speach that will tugg at the heartstrings of any american or even any citizen of the world. It is a kind of We will fight for what is ours speech. It is a great speech.
When I saw this movie I really liked it. There was something about it that popped for me. It was about aliens, it had Will Smith and Jeff Goldbloom, it had laser guns, and a decent story.
There were a lot of stories in this movie. Stories of redemption with Randy Quaid's character and many others. Stories of family. In a way it's a morality tale! But it does the job of being a great patriotic movie even if sometimes that was just for a gimmick!
I would be remiss if I did not at least bring up something I picked up this weekend at Heroes con, since it can lead into this topic! I picked up a book called American Barbarian which is actually from a web comic by Tom Scioli! This thing is fabulous. I mean look at that red white and blue hair! you can check it out over on Tom's website!
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