Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Review: Glory

Review by Natalie

During the struggle for freedom in the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts’ regiment lead by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw are faced with prejudice as they fight to free the slaves and to maintain the union of America. Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman star in this passionate and powerful film. Shaw (Broderick) the determined and yet compassionate Colonel, asks his friend, Forbes (Elwes) to serve as major under his command. The two accept the position of leading the first regiment of black soldiers which became known as the “glory regiment.” (Freeman) is the courageous captain who forms the troops, the fugitive slave (Washington) is the soldier who demonstrates the true union spirit.

What I like about this movie is that it brings history to life and reminds us of the many sacrifices made by our brethren. Denzel Washington gives an excellent and very moving performance. I loved the fatherly leadership of Shaw portrayed by Matthew Broderick. Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes give good performances as the spirited officers.