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Saw Starship Troopers Finally

March 19, 2009

I’d only seen stray scenes here and there of Starship Troopers, and the cinematic parallels with Triumph of the Will left a bitter, quasi-fascistic taste, but then I read somewhere that it was satire so I finally watched it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it, even and especially when it subtly reminded me that I shouldn’t enjoy it too much. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie subtly deploy its lack of subtlety — in characterization, story and mise-en-scene.*

 Neil Patrick Harris brings his customary awesome, but Dina Meyer was absolutely riveting as a woman who loved with all the heat of her own hate.

*French for “everything on the screen.”**

**Not really, but kind of.

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