Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty of reason to wonder why he made the film at all: essentially a two-part drama that begins on a Parris Island boot camp for rookie Marines and abruptly switches to Vietnam (actually shot on sound stages and locations near London), Full Metal Jacket comes across as a series of self-contained chapters in a story whose logical and thematic development is oblique at best. Then again, much the same was said about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a masterwork both enthralled with and satiric about the future's role in the unfinished business of human evolution. In a way, Full Metal Jacket is the wholly grim counterpart of 2001. While the latter is a truly 1960s film, both wide-eyed and wary, about the intertwining of progress and isolation (ending in our redemption, finally, by death), Full Metal Jacket is a cynical, Reagan-era view of the 1960s' hunger for experience and consciousness that fulfilled itself in violence. Lee Ermey made film history as the Marine drill instructor whose ritualized debasement of men in the name of tribal uniformity creates its darkest angel in a murderous half-wit (Vincent D'Onofrio). Matthew Modine gives a smart and savvy performance as Private Joker, the clowning, military journalist who yearns to get away from the propaganda machine and know firsthand the horrific revelation of the front line. In Full Metal Jacket, depravity and fulfillment go hand in hand, and it's no wonder Kubrick kept his steely distance from the material to make the point. On a rating of 1 - 10, 10 being an excellent buy I would certainly give this DVD an easy 9!
Full Metal Jacket
I had seen the movie "Full Metal Jacket" several times on television. I decided to purchase my own copy because this film has become the classie film about the Vietnam War. Since I grew up during this time, it has personal significance as well as historical significance. It was also important to own the film directed by the stellar Stanley Kubrick. He was a tough director, in that he always took so long to make his films and insisited on many takes but the brilliance clearly shows through. I also bought the film because I am in awe of the incredible actor, Vincent D'Onofrio. Though this was his first commercial film, he just knew exactly where he wanted to take Pyle and did it superbly. There are many other great performances as well.
Perhaps the best reason to purchase the movie is to remember what war is like and how it should be avoided at all costs. I wish I could have screened this movie before Congress before the voted on invading Iraq. Sometimes, no matter how painful, we need to remember bad times in our own lives and in our history.
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This movie grips you by the sack immediately, and never lets go. Yes, there is a distinctly different flavor between the first half of the movie (during basic training) and the second half (in combat).
This movie made R Lee Ermey a star and a legend, and justly so. As the extra-salty drill instructor, he plies his real-life military expertise to perfection. He absolutely OWNS the first half of the movie, and you can't help but admire him.
The second half of the movie is, again, a story unto itself. The grunts have moved from boot camp to the field and full-on combat. Shocking. Gritty. Real. This part of the movie makes a lot of people uncomfortable because it is a very accurate portrayal, but man, it's disturbing and touching.
I admit it freely ... for the sheer pleasure of it, I watch the first half of this movie on a regular basis. It goes so far beyond "entertaining", it defies description. This is simply an absolute MUST HAVE movie. Period.
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FMJ not hollow
What more can one say! Stanley Kubric does the impossible, again!
This movie takes you on a ride through boot camp in Paris Island and let's you into the lives of Marine recruits. There you meet Cowboy, Joker, Gunny, Snowball and Pyle. This part of the movie shows the molding of ordinary youth in the 60's into "hardcore killers".
After boot camp, it's off to Vietnam. We meet other characters here like Animal Mother, Eightball and Doc.
This truly is a coming of age story when the boys of a nation die and become men. Where the men of a nation die and become heroes. This movie really looks into the psyche of man's search for meaning in the midst of a war he didn't start, but one he is committed to end.
The end sequence brings it all back home with the men marching along with the tanks singing the Mickey Mouse Club theme. Showing that through hell, unity of brothers in arms exists.
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This is such an amazing movie. R. Lee Ermey as Gny. Sgt. Hartman was perfect for the role. Being a former Marine Drill Instructor himself, Ermey just fit right into to the role. The scenes when poor "Pvt. Pyle" just couldn't his act together in the presence of Hartman and his fellow recruits was almost most heartbreaking. The constant abuse, the blanket party he endured and his graphic suicide was most compelling. In the VietNam sequences, they were the most gripping war scenes I had ever seen on film. And of course, "Me so horny!" has become synonymus with Vietnamese "escorts" and Two Live Crew. Truly a fantantic film. A must have for any war movie buff! Due to its R rating, it is not for the faint hearted. You'll wanna get the kids, Ryan Seacrest and the cast of High School Musical out of the room for this one.
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