A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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 overall 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…
"A deer has to be taken with one shot. I try to tell people that but they don't listen."
I know someone who enlisted in the army and was quickly put into action in the Middle East. I have pretty vivid memories of his demeanor prior to his deployment, and all of them involve him smiling. His zest for life was exhausting. His enthusiasm was so constant that it became tedious. You could never just sit back and relax and enjoy the moment because he was always thinking about what's next. What could we be doing that was more fun? What would the world look like tomorrow?
When he returned from his tour overseas, I met up with him for…
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…
I put this on while I was working and that was a big a mistake, I got nothing done. I knew it was 3 hours but I didn't realize I was going to be glued to the screen for 3 hours. De Niro and Walken are unreal, and boy did those russian roulette games get me HYPED. It drags a little towards the end but always engrossing.
sajnos csalódás volt,
a játékidő nem volt arányos azzal, amiről a film szólt, és a lényeg szerintem nem kapott elég mélységet, hatást.
persze ilyen is van, kell, hogy legyen, stb., de amekkora hype van körülötte, jobbra számítottam.
Acho que o tempo fez com que grande parte do filme perdesse o contexto histórico...
Much much longer than it needed to be, but the important parts are VERY good. Intense, accurate, and riveting depiction of life before, during, and after Vietnam.
Still a classic.
If not quite the best Best Picture Oscar winner certainly the one that strikes me as being the most quintessentially American, for better or worse. The first hour is virtually perfect. The Vietnam sequence is obviously “problematic,” but it turns The Deer Hunter into an object that must be contended with. I mostly forgive the Russian Roulette metaphor for reasons of narrative expediency. Cimino shows remarkably little interest in depicting battle, condensing all of the horrors and moral confusion of the War into this one harrowing sequence. It’s a microcosmic point of view that is all the more defensible due to the tight scope used to observe the situation at home. This is not a film about geopolitical concerns. It is a film about human ones. The simultaneous beauty and brutality of America has only fitfully been captured by cinema as it has here.
It’s the 1970s, when the fallout from the Vietnam War highlighted the difficult division between warlife and homelife. When Walken did more than just mug, and De Niro actually tried. And when Hollywood films could be stark, scary, truthful, and difficult, yet still sentimental. The film was fine for the first half hour…and then we got to Vietnam. Holy Moses. Corny? Perhaps, at times. Powerful? You bet.
I really don't know what I think about this film?
I can't even remotely imagine what it would be like to look at someone I've known for years, watching them crying and weeping uncontrollably as they hold a gun to their head. All around us, there are strange and indistinguishable words being shouted at us by strangers in a place we've never been before. I can't imagine looking into their unblinking eyes in dead silence, in what may be their last few seconds. But most of all, I can't imagine trying to resume a normal, happy life after something like that.
R.I.P. Michael Cimino (1939-2016)
Yes, Believe it or not...I still hadn't seen this film..
It just falls into the "Legendary Films that's in my Harddrive but I have absolutely no time whatsoever to sit down and watch" category..
I expected this film to be good, read a lot of reviews that got me pumped up for this film...but I didn't expect (not in a million miles) this film to be so Brutal..
Its less of a War movie to be honest, just around 45 minutes of the entirety of 3 hours was dedicated to show the characters in the dirty underbelly of the Vietnam War...but in those 45 minutes the director managed to get every ounce of Brutality, Suspense and Violence from the Vietnam…
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