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Shales On Ike

K Lo: You’re right about Shales being in the critical minority. On Friday, when I was reviewing the reviews of Ike, I discovered that just about everybody enjoyed the movie–and even those who didn’t thought Selleck played the title role well. My own take, contra Shales, is that cast is exceptionally good; in addition to Selleck, the characters of Gen. Montgomery and Charles de Gaulle are very well done. I’m not completely uncritical: The first scene, an extended discussion between Ike and Churchill, felt stilted. Also, the final scene felt anti-climactic; I would have had Selleck describing the results of D-Day over pictures of GIs hitting the beaches. But these are very small complaints. I found the film relentlessly interesting and recommend it highly to fans of WW2 movies. Tonight on A&E at 8 pm, repeating at 10 pm.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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