Tuesday, November 27, 2012

the Alamo (2004)

I just finished watching the "The Alamo", the 2004 movie version of the epic siege of February 23 to March 6, 1836. This was entirely due to the patriotic fervor of my favourite Texan, 2nd Lt. Kris Floyd, USMC. After discussing the battle over Thanksgiving, I sought out and watched the movie. I am astonished I missed it and very glad to have made amends. This is an excellent dramatic and historical telling of the tale. Billy Bob Thornton in particular is excellent as David Crockett. His character and personal charm comes through loud and clear. This is the Crocket of "Three Roads to the Alamo" by William C Davis, an excellent book on the background of all the protagonists.

Strange to say, this was also sitting in my library unread and rediscovered for me by Kris Floyd. I'm correcting that mistake and am now deeply immersed in the book.

The scene in which David Crocket plays his fiddle from the Alamo battlements as Santa Ana's national Mexican Army plays military marches with great bombast is an excellent touch. General Antonio López de Santa Anna is played very well by Emilio Echevarría. The entire cast is excellent with many great characterizations.

Thanks Kris for fixing this gaping hole in my education!

"Remember the Alamo"