Thank You For Your Service [2017] ★★½

 In 1947, a movie called “The Best Years of our Lives” won 7 Oscars, including best picture, for its harrowing portrayal of  World War II veterans, who return home only to realize that their lives will never be the same again. The movie was shockingly powerful, digging deep into the psychology of soldiers, long after the war. You can think of “Thank you for your Service” as something similar. It’s not quite as powerful (or memorable for that matter), but it gets the job done. Miles Teller and Beulah Koale play two U.S soldiers returning from Iraq, after months of being away. But it doesn’t take long for them to discover that integrating back into family and civilian life isn’t as easy as they thought it would be. The actors are all fully committed to their roles, especially Teller who’s never been better. My only problem with this entirely watchable film is that it feels a lot like déjà vu. Personally, I’ve seen many movies that tackle a similar subject, so in a way, nothing was truly fresh. It’s still a well-made portrait of soldiers struggling to lead a normal life, and if this sounds like something you’d like to see, I suggest you check out “Thank you for your Service”. Just don’t expect something new.

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