Thursday, July 29, 2010

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Another masterwork from Legend Stanley Kubrick.

Till date some of the accomplished Movies on Vietnam War includes:
Apocalypse Now
Full Metal Jacket

This is not the first time I have seen this movie and will also not be my last one.... :)

Full Metal Jacket is hard hitting with intense dialogue. I think Kubrick was well versed with what he was planning to do at the time of making this movie. There is hardly any place where I can point out flaws.

For those who have not yet seen (which I doubt...) this movie takes us to the time of on going Vietnam War. We are introduced to a company of rookies who joins the boot camp (USMC
Parris IslandSouth Carolina. Soon we are introduced to the unforgettable drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman brilliantly performed by Ronald Lee Ermey. First half of the movie deals with the dehumanizing process. On the way we are introduced to some the central characters. To me the most memorable character will be Pvt. Pyle. I think Vincent D'Onofrio had immortalized this character just like Heath had done for Joker in The Dark Knight. Matthew Modine as Pvt. Joker was also very impressive.
Second half of the movie deals with the experience of these characters' Tet Offensive during 1968. We are not given a clear cut ending to this movie and I guess Kubrick left that part to the viewer's imagination.

This movie definitely falls under the category, which never ages. As far as I know this was the only War movie 
Stanley had ever directed. In my opinion, if some more action was included in the second half it would have been fine just like 'Platoon' still I would not complain, its still a great Movie. We do get some taste of some of the Classic Rock Songs which includes two of my favorites Johnny Wright's "Hello Vietnam" & Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black".

Closing note will be, if any one is really interested to watch a movie with intense acting along with rich narrative script then FMJ delivers as it promises, without any degree of doubt. This is certainly thought provoking movie.

My Rating : 8.5/10


  1. Good review. Kubrick also did "Paths of Glory", "Spartacus", and "Dr. Strangelove", so he has done four of the greatest war movies. You might want to check out the source novel - "The Short Timers". It is available free on the internet.

  2. if you want to really enhance the full metal jacket experience, check out modine's diary about the making of FMJ.
    it's now being made into an ipad app...