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Born on the Fourth of July
A true story of innocence lost and courage found.
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Born on the Fourth of July hit me like a goddamn freight train.
I'm writing this having finished the film only moments before, so I apologize in advance if this comes out unstructured and messy.
My mother's father—my grandpa—is a Vietnam War veteran. For as long as I've known the man, I've always had a very specific image of him in my head. He's tall, like me, and thin—very thin, stemming from health problems caused by his time in Vietnam. In my head, I picture him with a beard, though through my life he's alternated between being clean-shaved, mustachioed, and bearded. It just seems to fit him the best. He's also had shoulder-length hair for a long time now—probably since…
Born on the Fourth of July tells the fascinating life story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran who becomes paralyzed during his second tour of duty and is wracked with guilt over the accidental death of a young soldier on his own side. At times it is difficult to watch him descend into darkness, but that's attributable to fantastic writing that provides insight into who Ron Kovic was as a person, not just a historical figure. When he becomes a political activist and speaks out against the US government, he seems to come into his own and the film draws parallels to his childhood and the potential the people around him felt he had all along.
It's a bit myopic…
"People say that if you don't love America, then get the hell out. Well, I love America."
Despite a few instances of heavy-handed symbolism of Oliver Stone's part, Born On The Fourth Of July is a powerful and resonant experience, which drives home a message that is still important to this day and is held together by Tom Cruise's astounding performance.
However, despite being heavily moved by the film and the scene in which this happened, I couldn't help but let out an unintentional laugh when Tom Cruise shouts "Big fucking erect penis!".
Stone and Cruise have delivered some of the best work of their careers here and have given us a relevant and haunting film that will stay with me for a long time.
Fine film. Cruise without an ounce of the smarm. The film is elevated considerably by the presence, and frequent use of, an excellent John Williams score.
Installment in my Actor Arc Challenge
Well, that was...interesting. I can't say that this film interested me too much. I had hoped for more. It didn't really draw me in at all.
All I could think of for so much of this film was about Terminator. John Williams's theme to this film had a portion of it that is highly reminiscent of Brad Friedel's Terminator theme.
And that has got to be one of the worst, if not the worst mustaches and haircuts that I have ever seen in film. Wow that was awful.
I am not a Tom Cruise fan. He does have a string of films that I do enjoy quite a lot: Top Gun, Rain Man, Mission…
With the success of Platoon, Oliver Stone was in a position to make whatever film he wanted. Born on the Fourth of July is his promise to fellow veteran Ron Kovic - a young Long Island boy who served in the Vietnam War. This film follows Kovic from his days as a zealous teen who eagerly volunteered for his country. It was a bullet which paralyzed him from the chest down, but worse, a nation's disrespect which broke his heart. Kovic returns to an environment vastly different from the one he left and truly struggles before emerging as a brave new voice for the disenchanted.
From the obligatory slow motion scenes in Massapequa to the confusing raid on civilians, there's…
(As usual) is rescued
By stellar Tom Cruise.
It may be as subtle as a brick, but it's a pretty powerful brick at that.
And what a performance from Tom Cruise. Someone give that man an Oscar already.
Cruise's best performance.
Filled with cliches and bad wigs, Tom Cruise's above-and-beyond performance takes a heavy-handed abridged biography and creates some genuinely moving moments, even through the awful trumpet line letting us know when to feel.
What I am more curious about (and don't know) is where this falls in the war film timeline of focusing on the suffering of veterans (physically, PTSD, etc.).
A powerful war film with a message that lingers long after watching because a perfect lead performance from Tom Cruise. Say what you will about his capabilities as an actor, but he gives the performance of his career in this film and it should have won him an Oscar. The direction, writing, everything is top-notch here, but it's Cruise's performance that makes the film work. At times I felt the message was a little too heavy-handed, but overall this is a war picture that needs to be seen.
I found Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July to be decent. It's not as good as his earlier Platoon and Tom Cruise is better in Magnolia IMO, but it's worth watching once. I found the film a bit long. The story is ok.
Great cruise performance. Shame the movie was average.
Oliver Stone sure made some angry and controversial movies back in the day.
"love it or leave it, that's what I think." prophetic words, aren't they, for a time when those seem to be the only options on any given issue or artwork or whatever?
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Originally posted by Co.Create: www.fastcocreate.com/1679472/martin-scorseses-film-school-the-85-films-you-need-to-see-to-know-anything-about-film
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