The late French filmmaker Francois Truffaut once said, or at least he’s credited with saying, that “there’s no such thing as an anti-war film.” Interpretations vary, but most take the quote to mean that movie depictions of battle, no matter how gruesome or conscientious, will inevitably glorify combat and the camaraderie forged in the trenches. I disagree. Anti-war films can and do exist, it’s just that they very rarely get made, and when they do nobody sees them. Truffaut wasn’t making a grand statement about the limitations of film as an artistic medium. It was simply a casual observation.
The first trailer for Thank You for Your Service, an upcoming Iraq War drama, has just dropped and it looks like the filmmakers are gunning for the Oscars with this one. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel’s nonfiction book of the same name, the film focuses on Staff Sgt. Adam Schumann, a U.S. Army infantryman, played by Miles Teller (War Dogs), who has just returned home from a crazy year in Iraq — and, yes, you’ve guessed correctly: He has terrible post-traumatic stress disorder. Because why would Hollywood make a movie about an Iraq War veteran who doesn’t? That’d be boring.