MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#39 of 48) – Hacksaw Ridge (2016) – Encore Review 3


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #39 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater as the second film in a rare theatrical double feature (with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and was on cloud 9 after watching both films back to back.

“I’ve done everything they asked me, except this one thing, and I’m being treated like a criminal just ’cause I won’t kill.” – Desmond Doss

Number of Times Seen – 4 (15 Dec 2016, 1 Feb 2017, 26 Dec 2017 and 25 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a man who aspired to be a medic in World War II, but his religious and moral convictions caused much conflict due to his refusal to carry a weapon.

My Take on it – Amazing story that is so inspirational. The way that they split this film up into two separate parts works so well because it feels like two complete movies instead of one longer one. The first half deals with how Doss dealt with being a pacifist during training and how that affected the way he was treated by his superiors and his equals who didn’t understand why he acted as he did. The second half shows how much courage this man had under fire despite hot being willing to pickup a weapon to defend himself or more importantly, shoot at his enemies. The character is developed really well during these two parts even if the rest of the characters are seem as being quite two dimensional throughout. Mel Gibson does a superb job directing this film and helping make the battle seem so realistic throughout. The movie has lots of close up shots of battle that helps make things feel more intimate while also putting the viewer right there in the thick of things. Andrew Garfield is amazing in the lead role and helps make things come across in such a realistic fashion. This film definitely deserved its 6 Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director along with its two wins in Film Editing and Sound Mixing. Such a powerful film to watch unfold. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mel Gibson said that the battle scenes were influenced by nightmares he had during his childhood, when his father Hutton Gibson, a World War II veteran who served in Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater, described the horrors he witnessed as bedtime stories. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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