Amazing Kubrick does it again
This is another Kubrick masterpiece that has pleased people all over
the world. This time it is a different kind of a war based movie, and I
have to say that it is one of the best if not the best war movie of all
time. Many people write that the second half of the movie is bad, or
even horrible. I agree that the first part of the movie is the best
part, because it shows a completely new side of the lives of marines.
No other movie has ever showed that base camp training episode as well
as Kubrick does it. It is very psychological and painful to watch these
men braking down and then rise as cold-blooded killers. No one shows
that as well as "Gomer Pyle". As many others I think that the drill
Sergeant gives this movie an extra spark with his comical lines and
hard personality, he actually makes you laugh, and even so you really
get to hate him. The second half is the actual battle in Vietnam. This
is where the movie is more similar to other war movies, but yet it is
unique. Kubrick is all over the place throughout the entire movie, the
camera and sound effects along with the music keeps reminding us that
this really is a Kubrick film. The second half is without doubt also
amazing, because of the uncensored madness it makes you sick with
sorrow and hate. The sniper scene is of course one of the strongest and
most terrifying scenes of the second half. Also the interviewing part
is a very good idea I think, Kubrick finds yet another way of showing
the different mind states of these men. That makes the characters even
more real and makes you even more sympathetic for them and their
destinies. In every way a breathtaking movie from start to finish.
Kubick uses all the methods of making a good war movie, and then some.
Besides that the movie is filled with intelligent and poetic lines,
beautiful details and symbols, and some of my all time favorite movie
quotes. This movie leaves a stain and it will always be high on my
personal list of movies. Watch it, enjoy it, watch it again and love
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Kubrick's ode to war and man
War was the only subject really that Stanley Kubrick seemed to come
back to over and over again. This film combines some of the satirical
humor that made "Dr. Strangelove" such a classic with the brutally
objective eye that he trained on war in "Paths of Glory." It's a story
of the making of a killer, from boot-camp to the wrecked urban
landscape of Vietnam. Matthew Modine plays the primary character,
"Joker", and you'll also see Vincent D'Onofrio giving a wonderful
performance as "Gomer Pile" and R. Lee Ermey perfectly cast as the
hard-ass drill instructor.
But it's not really a movie about individual people, it's a movie about
the loss of identity and individuality in the context of indoctrination
and life-or-death struggles. As in Kubrick's "2001", the characters are
only a mechanism for the themes of the film. It is a deliberately
anti-melodramatic film that seeks to create its own formula. Like
"Barry Lyndon", its period recreations are incredibly faithful. The
idea is more to transport you as the viewer into the environment, and
not to allow us the easy separation between self and experience that a
strong protagonist would have afforded us.
The only real problem with the film is that there's no suitable ending,
and what we do get by way of a conclusion is only a logical extension
of the themes and doesn't really feel like it arises naturally from the
material in any other way. I wish maybe something else could have been
done to wrap it up, but I'm not sure what.
Where other war films give us either heroism or villainy, this film is
quite obviously about the "duality of man", a phrase that even finds
its way into the script. It views the phenomenon of war as just that, a
natural product of the collective human imagination that follows its
own rhythm and rules. And if there was no war, then what place would
there be in the world for all these warriors we create? Sgt. Hartmann
(Ermey) practically praises Lee Harvey Oswald for his sniping prowess,
and another officer later ponders, "when we rotate back to the States,
we're gonna miss not having anyone worth shooting.".