Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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.
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…
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…
Oliver Stone's film is brimming with passion and pathos, with Tom Cruise's performance still one of the best of his long career. However, in places it's over-earnest and cheesy, reducing Kovic to the subject of a daytime TV movie, and the super-happy ending which seems to suggest that disabled war veterans just need to find a positive solution to their lifechanging injuries.
Finally saw this. Great. Not a surprise that it was great.
Stone's brazen style works well for the subject matter
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There are Tom Cruise movies, and there are Tom Cruise-wannabe movies, and this is somewhere in the middle. When Tom Cruise tries to be too serious an actor, we get these weird performances that are hard to believe. When Tom Cruise tries to be an action star, he's fantastic. "Born on the Fourth of July" is a movie where Cruise gets to be the action star and then gets to be more intense and serious. Overall, the film is fine, but nothing I will need to watch again.
An absolute disaster, but like any good disaster with occasional moments of pure brilliance.
The older i get..the more i don't like this movie
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