The Page house caught a bug this past Christmas (2015). As a result, we didn’t get out of the house very much; instead we ended up getting extra value from our Netflix and iTunes Movies accounts.
One of the (many) movies we watched was Max (2015: IMDB).
From the IMDB entry for the movie:
A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.
I am a former Marine and everyone in the Page house is card-carrying Dog Person so the movie looked awesome. I won’t spoil it but the movie was very enjoyable and left everyone with good feelings (compulsory for any proper PG-rated dog-related movie!). If you have dogs in your family I recommend you add Max (iTunes, Amazon Video) to your Wish List.
On a recent trip I saw a boy watching the movie in the airport on the family iPad. It reminded me of this blog post I’d been wanting to write for a while.
Veterans (and Marines in particular) will at least notice, if not be annoyed by, the inaccuracies in the representation / portrayal of Marines.
- Ranks (i.e., Corporal, Sergeant, etc.)
- Misuse of words like “command”
- Salutes and “covers”
- Tactical behavior
- Uniform items
- Uniform presentation
- and, uh, haircuts
So, to the movie industry – if you need/want someone to help you accurately portray Marines and/or the Marine Corps – find an active duty Marine. They would be delighted to help; and probably for free.
If you can’t find one, email me and either I will find you one or help you myself.