#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.
Plot: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
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**The second half is better than the first half.**
A film of two halves.
The first half of the fiim focuses on the training of raw recruits and features shenanigans we have seen countless times before – think _Stripes_ and _Police Academy_.
The persecution of the fat guy – a scenario we had already witnessed in Stripes and Police Academy ( “_I could show a movie on your butt, fatso_!”- Lt Harris, Police Academy) is here played out to maximum effect. The fat guy who freezes atop a climbing frame is the central plot here with Matthew Modine’s character playing second fiddle to all of the _Leslie Barbara_ stuff.
The second half of the movie at least gives us something we were not expecting when a sniper’s identity is revealed.
– Ian Beale
Released in 1986, Full Metal Jacket is Stanley Kubrick’s film about Vietnam, adapted from a novel by the reclusive and bitter Vietnam veteran Gustav Harford, and then further expanded by acclaimed Vietnam journalist Michael Herr.
The film breaks down neatly into two very different parts, though both are seen through the eyes of young United States marine J. T. “Joker” Davis (Matthew Modine). In the first act, Davis makes his way through Marine basic training with a motley group of other recruits under the hellish command of gunnery sergeant Hartmann (R. Lee Ermey). Joker watches as Hartmann bullies an overweight and dim-witted recruit cruelly nicknamed Gomer Pyle (Vincent D’Onofrio), until Pyle explodes into murderous revenge. In the second act, now set in Vietnam where Joker is doing a tour of duty as a military journalist, the protagonist and his fellow Marines find themselves on the front line during the Tet Offensive and Joker witnesses firsthand the savagery of war.
Few films consist of such drastically opposed parts that differ in setting and tone and don’t have any overlapping characters besides the protagonist (and one minor character from the boot camp scenes). Full Metal Jacket has often disappointed viewers because the first half is so thrilling that it proves a hard act to follow. That’s all down to R. Lee Ermey, who actually was a drill instructor during Vietnam and initially served only as a technical consultant before Kubrick decided to let him play the role and improvise. Ermey acts with a white-hot intensity, realism, and brilliantly worded insults and obscenities that no screenwriter could ever have come up with.
As a young man, I too felt that the film was a letdown once it moved past the witty quips and goofy camaraderie of the boot camp scenes. With time, however, my appreciation for the film as a whole has only grown. The two-part structure now seems to be a strong yin-yang structure: the first act is a vision of order, while the second is all chaos. Furthermore, the second half is a moving statement of how war is often senseless. Joker and his squad, while on patrol for an enemy they cannot even identify and whose ideology or culture they know hardly anything of, begin to be targeted by a sniper. Several men perish before the sniper is found and neutralized, and all that death is pointless: it doesn’t contribute in any way to victory for either side. The brutality of World War I trench warfare, where dozens of men could perish for merely a foot of conquered ground, is shown to have persisted through the American quagmire in Southeast Asia.
That said, the film does have its flaws. One is the unrealistic depiction of the Vietnamese landscape. Kubrick had a great fear or dislike of foreign travel, and he insisted on shooting the whole film in East London. Having merely a few palm trees shipped in is a poor replacement for a real Southeast Asian shooting location with its humidity and insects, and in the scene that is meant to show a lively Vietnamese town square Kubrick obviously had the same few cars driving around in circles. It’s strange how a director who was generally so perfectionist, could be so careless about locales (this only got worse with his next and last film, Eyes Wide Shut, with its inauthentic stage set New York City). There are also some anachronisms that this director and his technical advisors should have noticed.
Still, even a flawed Kubrick film is classic cinema.
Fascinating Despite Come-Down
The first half of “Full Metal Jacket” is so intensely entertaining that director Stanley Kubrick can be forgiven for the slight come-down that follows. The opening scenes draw us into the strict world of “maggots” training to join the ranks of real men, otherwise known as Marines. We see the characters humiliated, yelled at like children, beaten and, in one tragic case, broken down. It’s an unpleasant yet fascinating place to visit from the comfort and safety of our living room couches. Yet once the action shifts to the Vietnam War, when you would expect even better, something is lost. The characters seem less real and the atmosphere less intriguing. Overall, however, there aren’t many faults to find with this effort, but be forewarned that it’s certainly not for younger viewers.
Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is a film of two parts. The first part deals with the basic training of the Marine Corps being built to become killers. R. Lee Ermey gives one of the best performances i’ve seen as the intense drill instructor. For most of the first part, his speeches and training tactics are very funny, but soon you realize that he does not care about these men’s lives and only wishes for them to be killing machines. We realize this when he asks the trainees about some famous snipers, like Lee Harvey Oswald, who was trained to shoot in the Marines and how he respects that man for getting in so many shots in such a short amount of time and hitting his moving target twice. He truly honors Oswald. He dehumanizes them, especially a fat private by the name of Pyle (Vincent D’Onofrio). Pyle makes a few mistakes, and soon we see that the Sergeant is out to get him and seems to want the rest of the trainees to dislike him. And this Sergeant knows how to hold a grudge. There are a few spectacular scenes, and the first ten minutes are the best opening minutes to a movie I have ever seen. I was into every second of the basic training scenes, from the opening montage to the disturbing but brilliant last scene, the final confrontation between a few main characters.
The second part to this movie, however, is much different. It is about life during the war. The main character of the movie, Private Joker (Matthew Modine) goes to fight with his old friend “Cowboy” and his men in the city of Hue. I did not like this part of the film nearly as much as the first for many reasons. First of all, there was a feeling to the first part that just doesn’t seem like it was there in the second part. I really felt for the characters during the training, but when they were fighting I felt less attached to them. Most of this part of the film is the men hiding behind walls and getting shot. While it is interesting, I felt that I had had enough after a little while. There is one very good part to me, when the men are being interviewed by a documentary crew. You get to see how different people saw the war, and it seemed to remind me of the dehumanization process the war brings as well as some comedy from some things the men said when answering the questions. The opening scene to the second part is also kind of amusing. Besides that, I don’t have much to say about the fighting in Vietnam. Because, after all, there just isn’t that much to it besides guns and blood.
Basic Training: 10/10 Vietnam War: 6/10 Final Grade: 8/10
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Genre Drama, War
Director Stanley Kubrick
Writer Stanley Kubrick (screenplay by), Michael Herr (screenplay by), Gustav Hasford (screenplay by), Gustav Hasford (based on the novel “The Short Timers” by)
Actors Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey
Country UK, USA
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 14 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers, Natant
Sound Mix Mono, Dolby Digital (re-mastered version)
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1 (television ratio), 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.66 : 1 (theatrical ratio – Europe), 1.78 : 1 (Blu-ray), 1.85 : 1 (theatrical ratio – US & UK)
Camera Arriflex 35 BL, Zeiss Super Speed Lenses, Arriflex 35 IIC, Fries Mitchell 35R3, Nikon Lenses
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Film Length 3,194 m (Sweden), 3,200 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 400T 5294)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm