This movie was released just as I was starting to pay attention to what was going on in the world, so I remember the buzz, but there was no way I was going to be allowed to watch it due to violence and my parents’ ambivalence about the Vietnam War.* Fast forward twenty-seven years and I can now say I understand what all the fuss was about. I realized I’m coming late to the party and all y’all have probably seen it, but this had everything a great picture should have: acting, setting, plot, a warts-and-all view of the war itself, as well as a smattering of war porn.**
Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home.
Thanks to Jan and her Best Picture Movie Project. Without her watching this, I never would have motivated.
*For a long time, I thought my dad was too old to go, but when Bill Clinton ran for president, I realized my dad joined the National Guard to avoid the draft. This was something that was not really loudly proclaimed, especially since so many people made fun of Clinton for what was essentially begging to be in the National Guard. Though now that we’ve had a president who joined the National Guard and didn’t even bother to show up, I can proudly say that my father actually did his National Service to get out of going to a crappy war, unlike a certain member of the Bush family.
**Because who wouldn’t want to die in such a dramatic movie fashion as Willem Dafoe?