Rating: 2.5 stars
Having seen Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna, I now want to read the book. No, not because I loved the movie so much, I want the experience to linger, but because I feel like the book might fill in the gaps—in intent, tone, and character development.
Look, it’s safe to say that not all books were made to be adapted for the screen—and James McBride’s war novel may very well be one of them (McBride also wrote the screenplay).
Of course, it’s obvious why Lee did choose to adapt the novel which tells the story of a troop of black soldiers during World War II who penetrate enemy lines into Nazi-occupied Tuscany as white officers keep their safe distance via radio communication (and at first don’t even believe the soldiers made it). Lee has been quite public in his disapproval of Clint Eastwood’s World War II duo—Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers—for not showing a single black soldier. This is his answer to Eastwood, as well as an attempt to make the first serious World War II epic told from an exclusively black...