13 Jul, 2020 Monday Movie Review: Greyhound
This weekend Apple+ released “Greyhound,” the story of the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II led by Navy Captain Ernest Krause.
A compelling, suspenseful, and riveting story about leadership and perseverance, this movie exemplifies an era long past, yet long admired. For a war movie, it’s relatively clean with little blood and gore, mostly boat violence, a little swearing, and no sexuality. The full review on PluggedIn describes the content in more detail.
A couple of observations from this viewer:
- The captain is a praying man. The movie starts and ends with a prayer, as well as prominent displays of seeking God’s guidance throughout. However critical some may be of the accuracy and appropriateness of its usage, it’s nice to see prayer in a mainstream movie.
- While the movie’s plot centers around the naval battle against German U-boats, it also features steadfast leadership. Captain Krause treated everyone with dignity and respect, put the needs of others before himself, persevered in harsh conditions, and led his men by example. Throughout the movie, the young men on the Greyhound are obviously terrified, but they all look to the Captain for guidance, and his stoicism and focus keep them moving in the right direction.
- Imagine being on a boat, with too many people crammed into it, on a cold, open ocean with little communication and without the advanced naval technology our sailors use today.
- We are blessed because we live close to the U.S.S. Cobia at the Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI, and can tour a WWII submarine. If you have a chance to take your kids on a tour of a WWII naval ship, do it and have them imagine what it was like to live months at a time in close quarters. Then, imagine living that way while being hunted by German U-boats. It’s a surreal experience to imagine.
- For homeschooling families and for everyone who likes to nerd out on history, the movie is based on the novel, “The Good Shepherd” by C. S. Forester. It’s always a fun exercise to read the full story by the novelist after seeing the movie since there is always good stuff left out. Plus, the crossing exemplified in the movie was not the only one. Further study into the early years of WWII and how the U.S. participated can be a great history lesson.
As a fan of war movies, wife of a veteran, and granddaughter to a World War II POW, this movie was very well done.
While the content may be too intense for young kids, and thus earning its PG-13 rating, teenagers would gain a good perspective from watching it. Not only will they get a glimpse into history, but they would see the character that exemplifies a strong leader. The movie raises a lot of questions about warfare, the World War II era, and leadership that can serve as a good family movie night discussion and launchpad for further study.