Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Platoon (1986) – A Classic Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oliver Stone’s Platoon still has a lot to say about the horrors of war and the ripping away of innocence.  That power still remains at the core of this thirty year old film.  But overall it hasn’t aged as well as you’d hope.  The performances are still great (Berenger is nuts and this is still a career high for Sheen) but the budget strains, especially at the end as the Vietcong assault the compound.  In a world of Saving Private Ryan it just feels a bit tame.  So overall – still worth a watch.

Best Bit: the cast

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Saving Private Ryan, Good Morning Vietnam, Full metal jacket 

 


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Must See Movie: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Must See Movie: Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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Why Should I watch this?
Love him or loathe him, Kubrick knew how to make film that grabbed you by the balls and never let go.  From what I consider to be on elf THE best opening fifteen minutes of a film ever through to a challenging second half that many considered didn’t deliver on it’s early promise, Full Metal Jacket is probably the best Vietnam film ever shot (and ever shit in England!).  Vincent D’Onofrio gives a career best performance and R. Lee Ermey manages to set the tone of every drill sergeant ever committed to film. It’s brutal, bloody and, like it’s director, uncompromising.