Let’s face it, we all love a good wartime love story. Mix in a little bit of freedom fighting, political tension, some good-looking soldiers, jealous lovers, heartbreak, revenge, throw in some relatable emotion and the majority of girls will swoon (and the majority of boyfriends who are forced to watch it with them will overlook the parts they find too mushy). Love and Honor is such a movie.
It is set in the late 60’s, during the height of the Vietnam War, where young men were giving their lives in service, and those back home were exploring consciousness and enjoying the first Woodstock and all other great things that came out of 1969. But the notions of love, freedom and passion were felt by those abroad as well. After being dumped by his girlfriend via letter, Dalton Joiner (Austin Stowell), accompanied by his loud-mouthed wingman Mickey Wright (Liam Hemsworth), heads back to the States on a secret mission to win his girlfriend back (Aimee Teegarden). She, by the way, has been engulfed in this new era and is no longer going by the name of Jane, but that of Juniper. Along the way hearts are broken, ideals are challenged, an unlikely hero emerges and an unlikely romance blossoms between Wright and Junipers outspoken housemate Candace (Teresa Palmer).
On the occasion that I am allowed to show myself as a ‘mushy’ girl I find that some films (that others would give a lower ratings to) often hold the stuff that makes my heart feel full and restores my faith in humanity. There is something about a young military man longing for his ‘lucky charm’ girl that is always excellent mush material.
I must confess that this isn’t the best war movie I have seen. I guess every war-time romance is compared back to movies such as Pearl Harbour and The English Patient, but you’re not going to find that in this movie. I’ve actually been looking into ones I can compare it to but I can’t find anything, other than Zac Efron’s “The Lucky One” – simply because it is war based. However, there are hardly any war scenes and most of it plays out at home.
I guess the real decider here is: “do you like mush?” For me, it is a perfectly acceptable way to spend about 92 minutes. Oh, and no matter if they are dressed in a skirt and wielding a hammer or simply dressed in military greens, us ‘mushy’ girls always like to see any of those good-looking Hemsworth boys.