This film has won seventeen Festival Awards and itâ€™s easy to see why. A Marine Story is a well-written story that gets to the heart of the absurdity that keeps GLBT people from serving in the armed-forces. The movie begins by telling the audience that it is â€œBased on true stories.â€
Dreya Weber plays Major Alexandra Everett, â€œAlex,â€ a mustang with a long and proud family history of serving our country. Put in the position to either earn an honorable discharge or be kicked out of the military under the â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ policy, Everett Â returns home, where she is asked to mentor a young girl, Saffron Snow (played by Paris Pickard), who is on the wrong track and has been given a choice by a judge to either go to jail or join the military.
Weber and Pickard put their whole hearts into the roles they play. Weberâ€™s character deals with issues of telling her friends and family why she left the Marines, falling in love and living openly for the first time, and playing the no-nonsense Drill Sergeant to Saffron. Saffron on the other hand is dealing with her own issues of growing up or else, leaving her druggie friends behind, and forging a new future for herself.
This film is not rated. It does contain violence and may not be suitable for younger viewers. I would recommend A Marine Story for public and academic libraries.
Reviewed by, Rachael Elrod
Reference and Instruction Librarian