Full Metal Jacket

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  • Figure a heavy lengthy tour

    Sep 19, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Mighty impressive drill instructor.
    Cons: Would not make a good military recruit­ment film.

    Summary: "Good-bye, my sweetheart. Hello Vietnam [tour]." The opening song informs us, "America has heard the bugle call / And you know it involves us one and all." An assortment of military-age men are seen being shorn of their hair in ... read more

  • "Because you were hungry..."

    Aug 6, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: See review
    Cons: See review

    Summary: It saddens me to think of the countless young men who have suffered the same fate as Vincent Donofrio’s character in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”. These often floundering, clumsy, and uncoordinated recruits come to boot ... read more

  • "I am in a world of s*** but I'm alive."

    Apr 19, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: R Lee Ermey, Extremely effective first half.
    Cons: Second half more hit and miss.

    Summary: Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam movie Full Metal Jacket is a perfect illustration of the three-act structure so heavily preached about in many screenwriting books. Despite the preaching of it by so-called gurus like Syd Field, not all movies ... read more

  • There Are Many Like It...But This is the Best. Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET

    Dec 4, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great direction and concept, thought-provoking, interesting, performances
    Cons: A little long

    Summary: There are many disputed tops of the American War genre of films and each can have subgenres categorically associated to what time periods...but there's one film that takes the cake in my household for the best war movie of all time: Stanley Kubrick's ... read more

  • Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket is watchable film about Marines during Vietnam War

    Jul 8, 2009 by alexdg1 is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good performances, stunning combat sequences
    Cons: Uneven tone. Does it want to be satirical, or straightforward Vietnam War saga?

    Summary: Even though Hollywood had made several movies that dealt in some fashion with the Vietnam War in the 1960s, 1970s and early '80s, it wasn't until Oliver Stone's Platoon became a critical and commercial success that other filmmakers dared to tackle ... read more

  • Full Metal Jacket: There are many like it, but this one is mine.

    Jul 8, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Realistic, good pacing,
    Cons: Not a feel good movie.

    Summary: I asked an acquaintance (who served in Vietnam) what he though was the most realistic movie. He answered and said the first part of Full Metal Jacket. He wasn’t so won over by the second part of the film though. This is considered by some to be a ... read more

  • Full Metal Jacket - The Boys of Viet Nam

    Jan 18, 2008 by AliventiAsylum is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: strong first part, some terrific performances
    Cons: setting didn't feel authentic

    Summary: Full Metal Jacket is almost two movies in one. The first half deals with Marines going through boot camp at Parris Island during the height of the Viet Nam War. The second half takes place after they have been deployed in Viet Nam. ... read more

  • Seven-six-two millimeter. FULL METAL JACKET!

    Jul 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Acts 1 and 3. Performances.
    Cons: Act 2 incites snores.

    Summary: Nearly all Kubrick films are partial to the occasional tedium, but Full Metal Jacket is his only post-L olita picture where an entire act lacks allure. In the film's second phase, Private Joker ... read more

  • War! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing...

    Jun 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Unforgettable scenes, brutally honest about war, strong acting
    Cons: Second half drags somewhat, tenuous plot.

    Summary: My time on Epinions is getting shorter, but Full Metal Jacket is one of those films of the 80's that I couldn't let go unreviewed. Aside from reviewing The Killing Fields, I've so far neglected to look at the 80's trend of war cinema that was about the ... read more

  • "First to go, last to know, we will defend to the death our right to_be_misinformed."

    Jun 5, 2007 by Stephen_Murray is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Movies
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: some performances, artful tracking shots, apt music
    Cons: English Vietnam, conventional, somewhat defanging source

    Summary: I think that Stanley Kubrick's last move, "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999) , is hideously bad and that he is very overrated as a "genius" film director. I admire the movies he directed during the late-1950s and early-to-mid 1960s: "Paths of Glory," some of ... read more

  • My Favorite Half-Movie

    Sep 13, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: First rate first half. Ermey as Hartman.
    Cons: Second half doesn't measure up all the way. Weak extras.

    Summary: Stanley Kubrick had this habit of making movies in chunks. Movies that have two or more contrasting segments. "2001: A Space Odyssey" was like this, the lengthy (and confusing and, yeah, a little boring) opening sequence ... read more

  • What Jarhead Would Like To Be

    Nov 22, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: classic, definitive, iconic
    Cons: uneven in tone and style

    Summary: Art isn't just about the message. It's also about the medium, the specific portal through which that message is conveyed. Some media are better at expressing action, or color, or thought. Some media are more portable, while others are more visceral. ... read more

  • "Inside every gook there's an American trying to get out."

    Sep 16, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Kubrick's powerful visuals and sound; effective evocation of Marine Corps boot camp and Vietnam War
    Cons: A lot of viewers find the second half unfocused; insufficiently sympathetic lead character

    Summary: Sir, yes sir! Sir, it is my duty to report that Pvt. Metalluk is about to review Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, Sir! By way of disclosure, dear readers, I should mention that I once served in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, three on ... read more

  • It's Like Watching Two Different Movies With The Same Characters

    Aug 3, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: some genuinely hilarious dialogue, great performances
    Cons: second half fails to match the quality of the first

    Summary: I can't decide which is a better description for Full Metal Jacket..."two movies in one" or "the first and last thirds of one movie". Simply put, the first portion of the movie is nothing like the second. Coming from Stanley Kubrick, an unusual ... read more

  • Stanley Kubrick + Vietnam War = Success.

    Mar 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Direction, Acting, The brilliant first half, War scenes
    Cons: Doesn't all come together at times, some off pace scenes in the second half

    Summary: Full Metal Jacket (1987) Matthew Modine as Pvt./Sgt. Joker Arliss Howard as Pvt./Lt. Cowboy Adam Baldwin as Animal Mother R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman Vincent D'Onofrio as Pvt. Leonard 'Pyle' Lawrence Dorian Harewood as Eightball There ... read more

  • About as close as you can get to the feel of USMC RECRUIT TRAINING

    May 1, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Realistic, intense training scenes
    Cons: Ending could have been better

    Summary: I have viewed many of Stanley Kubrick's films. His style of film making is intriguing. A Clockwork Orange for instance, is disturbing, and brutally graphic at times. Then we have the other side of the Kubrick spectrum, "2001" which pits ... read more

  • One of the best war films ever

    Mar 28, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A great war film, which is not a surprise coming from Kubrick.
    Cons: It was pretty long, and dragged in parts.

    Summary: Before the vietnam war, almost all war movies were pro-war. After the vietnam war, this switched things around, and anti-war movies such as Full Metal Jacket came out. Other movies that came out later, similar to full metal jacket, which portrayed many ... read more

  • Full Metal Jacket >>

    Feb 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very realistic movie along with some awesome acting!
    Cons: None

    Summary: Full Metal Jacket is the most realistic movie ever made to date about (basic training) "Boot Camp". Full Metal Jacket (1987) Directed By Stanley Kubrick Matthew Modine as Pvt. Joker R. Lee ... read more

  • Full Metal Jacket is a hollow bullet.

    Jan 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best movie ever made about Marine Corps boot camp.
    Cons: Too detached.

    Summary: Maybe it's been said before, but it bears repeating: Full Metal Jacket (1987) is 1/2 of a great war movie. Jacket is based on the novel "The Short-Timers" by the late Gustav Hasford--who also worked on the movie screenplay with ... read more

  • The Duality of Man

    Jul 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ermey and Modine, Kubrick directs with flair, a stylish script
    Cons: May be too impressionistic for some

    Summary: "Full Metal Jacket" is two movies in one. Okay, some would argue that that the Tet Offensive and sniper scenes should each be given full billing. But I'm more concerned with the violent change in tone and agenda that takes place between the training ... read more

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