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Born on the Fourth of July
A 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…
"I had a mother; I had a father, things - things that made sense. Do you remember things that made sense? Things you could count on? Before we all got so lost?"- Ron Kovic
Now this is a powerful film right here. Forget Platoon, this is the real Oliver Stone Vietnam War film. Born on the Fourth of July has many great themes, a wonderful John Williams score, splendid cinematography, and great direction. What really makes it special is Tom Cruise's mesmerizing performance as Ron Kovic. He starts off as a High School kid and by the end he is a political activist. The changes his character goes through during the film are all portrayed brilliantly by Mr. Cruise who…
"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.
Here's a boring comparison from a boring Englishman who has no right in liking anything to do with this film nor what I'm comparing it to. A simple comparison it is, and that's with Bruce Springsteen's (Oh not that fucker again!?) often misunderstood 'Born In The USA', and in particular the song of the name (rather than the album).
That song is essentially confusing rhetoric not all dissimilar to the confusing rhetoric which lead to the support of the Vietnam war in the first place; initially it was viewed as some sort of rallying call, "USA! USA! USA!" which it sort of was in its own way but really it was mostly about the returning Vietnam veterans who were vilified…
Born on the Fourth of July is a great film that has many great messages, even though I think the film needed to be a little more focused and not so heavy-handed at times, but that's just me. Everyone does a great job in this movie, especially Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic. Wow, what a performance. Easily my favorite I've seen from him so far, and probably the best he'll ever be. He did such a good job portraying the character, from his start as a high school student, to when he became a paralyzed war hero with post-traumatic stress syndrome. We also have Raymond J. Barry as his father, Caroline Kava as his mother, and Tom Berenger who all…
This movie was a lot to handle and made me very emo.
I know this is an important film and I do think the Tom Cruise performance is solid, but there are scenes in this movie that are just gratuitously awful and are added just for shock value. It didn't need to go that direction. It was overly manipulative and it took me right out of the movie.
Don't say penis in this house!
Penis! Big fucking erect penis, mom!
Having previously tackled the Vietnam War in 1986's PLATOON, Oliver Stone turned to its aftermath three years later in BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. Based on a true story, the film examines the life of an idealistic, fervently patriotic young man who enlists in the Marines to serve his country as his father and grandfather did before him. What he sees when he gets to Vietnam, however, isn't the glorified vision of war he expected. Eventually paralyzed from the chest down, he returns home to a different world than the one he left. No ticker tape parades, no hero's welcome. And soon his staunch support for the war begins to fade, as he begins to realize that he and…
Seeing John F Kennedy’s inaugural address could inspire anyone. You could feel the desire to go out and serve your country, to do something believing it to be for your country. Then you do it, you think you’ll go out and make one of those speeches like JFK, and then you discover you haven’t done anything at all for your country. You’ve done something for your president, and for faceless people, and nothing has been given to you. You’re basically nothing.
And this film is very alienating, it’s easy to see why some critics disliked it, because it makes you believe that Oliver Stone believes and wants the audience to believe that protesting was right, the Vietnam War was wrong…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Tom cruise becomes a paraplegic, boozes hard, pees his pants, has simulated dry humpings with prostitutes.
This movie is full of fantastic scenes, dialogue and performances by mainly Tom Cruise. I can't quite put my finger on it but it didn't feel like a masterpiece. I admire so much the story being told and really root for it to go well and turn out being a brilliant film, and it is a great film, but it's not UNBELIEVABLE. I'm being way too picky. Tom Cruise is really brilliant in the pivotal scene where Ron becomes disillusioned with the war and the government. The parts with Willem Dafoe went right over my head, I don't know what that was about but, you know, the movie is never 'can't watch' bad, it's easily watchable. I really like it.
Letter Grade: B-
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