This post is part of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon being held this month by Kellee over at Outspoken and Freckled along with Aurora, of Once Upon a Screen and Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks for letting me contribute!
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Video, DVD, 7 May 2013 and 22 Feb 2016)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – The story of a combat platoon and all that they must endure while serving in Vietnam in 1968.
My Take on it – This is one of my favorite war movies ever because it really tries to show us everything that went on in Vietnam without being judgmental.
It’s not judgmental at all because it shows us some many different opinions and we must try and choose for ourselves what was right and what was wrong.
Many scenes have very ambiguous interpretations and depending on how you look at it, you might think of them completely differently.
Director Oliver Stone claims that most of this really happened to him while he was in Vietnam.
I can’t say that I know enough to agree or disagree with that statement, but what I do know is that it’s truly possible that much of this happened to real people while serving in Vietnam.
They depict the war extremely well here both against the enemy and within their own ranks.
We are introduced to so many characters who are each in their own rights interesting and we want to cheer for just about all of them and hope that they all make it out alive.
It tries to get us to take sides in the internal battles within the platoon itself and by the end, we all know that it doesn’t matter what we chose because war is hell and so much happens that the essential thing is survival both mentally and physically.
This was one of the first movies to show that US Troops in Vietnam weren’t always correct in all their decisions and that there are lots of gray areas of Vietnam that the public wasn’t ever exposed to before this movie.
Bottom Line – Excellent depiction of war both internally and externally. Amazing characters make us care so much about most of them and what will happen. Obviously this probably didn’t all really happen, but it shows a good all around view of Vietnam. One of the best war movies ever made because it is so emotionally engaging and wants us to take sides in battles from which there will never be a real winner. Shows very bravely that not every decision made by US Soldiers were the right ones during that deadly and confusing war. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Oliver Stone, he intentionally cast Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe against type (Berenger, who played the ruthless, sadistic Sgt. Barnes, was mostly famous at that point for playing good guys, while Dafoe, who had primarily played villains up until then, played the heroic, compassionate Sgt. Elias). The casting worked, and both men received Oscar nominations for their work. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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