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3.5
16 Ratings

Men Go to Battle

Directed by Zachary Treitz
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama, History

Synopsis

The story of Francis and Henry Mellon, two brothers struggling to hold their crumbling estate together outside a small Kentucky town in the fall of 1861.

Men Go to Battle Directed by Zachary Treitz
As with other mumblecore projects, the plot is secondary to mood, naturalism, and the relationship between the two protagonists, but in this historical context that approach is more of a frustration than a virtue.
August 25, 2016
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Like The Beguiled on a steady diet of PBR and gluten-free pizza, Men Go To Battle is a hilarious revision of traditional approaches to cinematic Civil War stories. Its mumblecore dialogue is purposefully a little too idiomatically modern, all the more to highlight the lack of anything worth talking about (a conversation about the weather is as funny as anything in Ghostbusters) during a time when any accident could mean a long, painful death and a longing glance could end in marriage.
July 28, 2016
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Treitz levels the playing field, giving equal weight and importance to everything Henry comes across–as if the filmmaker has put himself in the position of an innocent thrust for the first time intoterra incognita, a virgin freely submitting to sensations he’s never known firsthand… Nothing ends up as it might in Hollywood’s inconsistent hands. But then, little in this seductive jewel would ever come out of the studios.
July 08, 2016
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