I really wanted to see this film because it had a compelling story, however, I was slightly apprehensive that it would be a bit preachy because of some of the lines in the trailer. Fortunately, it was not, and I ended up being truly impressed by the film.
This film was basically divided into two major sections: the first the character development before the war, and the other the actual battle. The story is consistently interesting because of a combination of intense sympathy for the character and intense suspense caused by the conflict, both legal and wartime. The film is a well-built war film because it has a good balance of character development and action.
The acting of the film is absolutely great. Andrew Garfield's performance was amazing, He was extremely convincing in his role and seems like he really dove into the role. Vince Vaughn's performance was also surprisingly great, as he pulled of a serious role, being more of a comedic actor. His sarcasm still shined through, and it was great, but his dramatic chops were also excellent. The cinematography of the film was one of my favorite parts. It was used to further develop the meaning of the film, with a lot of metaphorical shots. The effects for the gore were also pretty good.
So overall, I think that "Hacksaw Ridge" was a really great war film. It has probably joined my favorite films of the genre because of its story and acting. If you are a fan of the genre, definitely go to see this one.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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