45. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

15 Feb

Roger’s Rating :

Should be :

In some ways I admire Roger for having the nerve to give the great Stanley Kubrick a thumbs down, but I think he made a big mistake here. He said in his At The Movies review “This isn’t a bad film but it’s not a great film and in the recent history of movies about Viet Nam Full Metal Jacket is too little and too late. It invites comparison with Platoon and I’m afraid it suffers by that comparison.” He feels Platoon is a “stronger and more confident movie.”
In his written review he says “Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is more like a book of short stories than a novel. Many of the passages seem self-contained, some of them are masterful and others look like they came out of the bottom drawer. This is a strangely shapeless film from the man whose work usually imposes a ferociously consistent vision on his material.” Again Roger is having a problem with a movie because he doesn’t think the narrative is strong enough. He finishes his review saying ” But Full Metal Jacket is uncertain where to go, and the movie’s climax, which Kubrick obviously intends to be a mighty moral revelation, seems phoned in from earlier war pictures. After what has already been said about “Vietnam” in the movies, Full Metal Jacket is too little and too late.”
I totally disagree with Roger here. There were some great earlier Viet Nam pictures, but it’s never too late to make another statement. The movie is divided in to two halves. The first part contains the great training scenes where the army tries to take away your humanity and the second half are the battle scenes where the movie explores how the training worked. A great movie that takes its place with Platoon, Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now as the great Viet Nam movies.
This great movie has a 8.4 rating on IMDB and a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not too shabby.
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