I just finished watching Emperor starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones. It's probably not at the top of the list of your teenager's movie reviews, but I decided to take a chance and see if I could get into the World War II reconstruction period in Japan.
Without question, as an actor, I must submit a shining accolade to Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones. WOW!! Since the first episode of LOST graced my computer, I've always thought Fox as probably the most under rated actor in Hollywood. In Emperor, he takes the craft of acting to a whole new level. The writing is sometimes obviously out of place, but with the script they have, Fox was amazing.
Jones does an equally "Tommy Jones" job of giving the audience a sneak peak into the behind the scenes politics of post World War II Japan.
But the most surprising element was the story of obedience, dedication, and extreme loyalty of the Japanese people. In the spirit of holding the Japanese Emperor up as divine, the movie gave an inspiring picture of doing what is right in the face of predetermined guilt.
When Emperor Hirohito looks Jones in the eye and takes the blame for the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and following war instead of the nation, I was reminded how so many great leaders become great.
Leadership isn't about taking the perks of the job and translating them into a lifestyle, but rather; leadership is serving even to the point of ultimate sacrifice.
I was inspired to see Hollywood portray such a great story without all the ills we normally have come to expect. What a great movie!!
If you're interested in seeing leadership on multiple levels, I would recommend Emperor. The speed is slow, the dialogue is sometimes out of place, the acting is well crafted; but the story is incredible.