There has been a run of war themed movies in the past year, from 12 Strong to Thank You For Your Service. You can add The Yellow Birds to that list. Based on a popular book, comes Alexandre Moors film version. The film stars Ty Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich and Jennifer Aniston. I had a chance to speak to Alexandre about the film.
SPOILER ALERT: Towards the end of the interview we discuss the final scene of the movie, so if you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, be mindful of that. The full audio of the interview is available below:
Alex made an interesting point when he mentioned military films in recent years glorifying the characters and the war. This is true. Besides, Thank You For Your Service, several movies have glorified the battle aspect and toughness. It was pretty poignant to hear Alex speak about the film having a coming-of-age story to it. When you think about it, makes sense. These are young men trying to find their place in life, but are put into a situation where they are confined and only have another to lean on.
One of the key lines that stood out to me that I’m glad Alex brought up was when Murph says that he will never tell anyone he was in the military. The key scene that stood out to me was ending of the film gave a chilling feeling with how subtle it was.
Alexandre comes off as an interesting guy. I enjoyed hearing his perspective on what he tried to accomplish with the film and he seemed pretty authentic to me.
THE YELLOW BIRDS is available now in Theaters and On Demand. On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on August 14.