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The Deer Hunter
One of the most important and powerful films of all time!
A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.
One of the first films to employ the subject of Vietnam War into its premise, The Deer Hunter tells the story of three young factory workers in Pennsylvania who enlist into the army to fight the ongoing war in Vietnam, only to discover that war isn't a noble venture they imagined but a hellish chaos which in the end, completely changes their entire personalities.
The film is a three act feature in which the first act introduces its three primary characters, their friendships, the women they're in love with & their perspectives on life. The second act is set in Vietnam & covers the brutality they undergo there. And the final act depicts the massive change war has brought into not just…
‘This is this. This ain’t something else. This is this.’ – Michael
I spent an irrationally long amount of time when deciding what I wanted my 1000th film to be. After watching The Deer Hunter I can quite comfortably say that I made the right decision, because the film is great. Despite the three length of the film I was never bored and the action kept me captivated - from the deliberately slow-paced beginning to the tense and exhilarating finale.
It would be a mistake to call The Deer Hunter a war film, or at least a standard war film. The focus is not on the Vietnam War, but on how the experience shaped the characters when they return. Most…
Very few films can hit me as emotionally as Michael Cimino’s, The Deer Hunter. This epic masterpieces exudes emotion, it practically is emotion. The performances are incredible, the cinematography and musical score is full of grit, and the screenplay is incredibly jarring. Everything is at top class here. I was worried, after reading some reviews over the past few years since my last watch that it would be jingoistic and rely purely on nationalism to affect the audience, but to my delight, it is anything but said concerns.
Like The Thin Red Line, this is a “war” movie. I say “war”, because it simply has the setting of a war. But it starts out with an hour long introduction in…
The Deer Hunter was released in 1978 and has become a favorite among many film buffs. And for good reason. The film is emotionally complex and powerful, firing on all cylinders. The Deer Hunter is not a film I can watch all the time, due to its length and emotional drainage, but I still consider it to be one of the greatest films ever made.
All of the performances are fantastic, which each character given the perfect amount of development. You really care for the characters throughout the film, and that credit goes to the actors. Robert De Niro is just fantastic, really disappearing into his role. The always underrated John Cazale gives a great performance also, as does Christopher…
Classic. Simple answer. With memorable performances from De Niro, Walken, and Savage. Everything about it makes it amazing. The stunning cinematography, beautiful hunting sequences, its incredible score and one of most iconic and intense scenes in the history of film. Cinematic Excellence.
Once upon a time I deeply connected with The Deer Hunter. My circumstances and life experiences in the intervening years have changed considerably, to the point where what I once took away from this has ebbed away into the background and distant memory a little, as if it were a past live that shared the same skin.
The unforgettable structure, ensemble performance and Cavatina rendition are all still as powerful as they ever were. Robert De Niro's final click of the trigger is far and away the most romantic bromance gesture in cinematic history.
But the overall canvas, Cimino's direction, and above all the content components, no longer quite resonate with me as richly as they once did. The Deer…
Pros: Strong performances from Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep.
Cons: Disastrous pacing -- the first act lasts for an entire hour. Bloated, overwrought, pretentious cinematography -- endless establishing shots that add very little to the narrative. Insultingly simplistic vignettes of working class America. Surreal plot choices in the Vietnam portion of the second act. Flat, hackneyed portrayal of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians.
Could. Not. Stand. It.
Meryl's role pathetic.
De Niro thinking he's in Taxi Driver again.
Racist and historically inaccurate portrayal of the Vietnamese.
Watch a different Vietnam War movie.
Felt very real, like a home movie in parts. Powerful and emotional.
De Niro and Walken and Meryl perfect acting. Very strong and shows the psychologic side from the vets of war when they come back. Fucking A!!!
For some reason I don't think I'd ever watched this all the way through. A real slow-burner - a film that you don't realise quite how much you've been enjoying it until it finishes.
I loved the first act and how well the friendships and community are portrayed. It is the least eventful act, but the most important. It's what gives the third act such impact.
Michael Cimino manages to take the story of a group of friends, and use it as an example of how war affects communities generally as well as use it as an allegory for the effect on America as a people.
The characters themselves are played well, and are deliberately superficially written, and really they…
One of the best movies ive ever seen
The Deer Hunter features brilliantly subdued and haunting performances, and the film is visually poetic. The problem is that the film loses momentum from its excessive length. Many scenes are noticeably longer than they need to be, making the film less fluid and compact.
Phenomenal wedding at the beginning. Wow. Not so much Vietnam war "ish". But decent movie. Really enjoyed the Russian roulette scenes.
"A group of friends decides to enlist in the army." When you see "decides" in a film synopsis, you know the plot is thin. This movie has actually nothing to do with Viet Nam, or our veterans, or much of anything else. It's demeaning to our Viet Nam experience and offensive to those who demand that movies make sense. It was a sensation in 1978 (we heard about how it was meaningless just like the war) but in retrospect we can see it's just "Heaven's Gate" pretending to be about Nam, that's all.
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