Sir, Nor Sir! opened at the Capital Theater on Saturday the 24th. It's a movie about soldier resistance to the Vietnam war. Given my views on the current war it will not come as any surprise that I thought it was good. Even from the perspective of a historical film it was quite interesting.
I had no idea that there was such a large anti-war movement within the military itself at the time. Of course, I was only 11 when the war ended, but I did not hear about any of the the soldier's activities during the entire time I was in school.
I was surprised by the low turnout. Two of the soldiers featured in the film attended the film and participated in a question and answer period after the film ended. I felt bad for them because of the low attendance, but anyone who's ever spent time around the theater knows movies typically have the greatest turnout on the last night they play. The fact that it was so sunny and nice out had some impact as well, I imagine.
The thing I came away with, and that sticks with me the most, is that none of the people in the movie including the two that attended last night had and have no regrets for their actions. One of the two that attended last night has had contact with Lt. Watada, and told him that things will be hard, but he will be okay in the end, and that what those in the film had discovered was that for every soldier that came out against the war there were many behind them that supported what they were doing.
The biggest point of the movie, of course, is that if the soldiers stop fighting the war will end.
Sir, No Sir! runs at the Capital through Friday the 30th.