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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…
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.
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…
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…
feels more like a novel than a movie, with its kind of languid approach (which I liked), really letting all the performances breathe and the world feel lived in.
great performances by everyone, especially cazale (who was dying at the time - holy shit), walken & de niro. excellent zoom-y 70s cinematography, and that first russian roulette scene feels like a masterclass in building tension.
would I watch it again? probably, but I think I need some time...
Birdman made a valiant effort to dethrone, but this is still the weirdest Best Picture winner out there.
I can't say enough good things about this. I mean....I'm really not sure that there is a better war movie out there. Might there be films that give the audience a more sprawling and detailed account of what a battle looks like? Sure. But this movie takes a much more intimate approach to the subject of war and as a result, reveals more.
The first hour, in and of itself, is nothing particularly special. Not to say that it isn't well composed, but it makes you wonder, "okay, what's the point?" The second hour then turns everything upside down and the story just pumps every possible ounce of adrenaline into the script. The third hour really sees the fall out…
Best war movie ever.
I'd have an easier time picking fly shit out of pepper while wearing boxing gloves than finding anything wrong in this flawless piece of cinema.
I didn't love this as much as I was hoping to. With that said, my expectations were crazy high, and even though it didn't meet them I still enjoyed this film. It is separated into 3 disparate acts -- I couldn't get into the first hour, with the wedding party which seemed to go forever. The second act was fantastic though; that first Russian roulette scene is insanely tense and brilliantly performed by everybody involved. The third act is good too, showing the personal aftereffects of war, but I was hoping for more somehow.
Up there with the all time best war films ...
Such a great movie, and as much as it's a cliche to say that major studios don't make movies like this anymore, it's true: on the rare occasion that they make anything that even tries to be like this, they constantly shout at you that that's what they're doing. This is a movie that is both big and quiet, unsettling and intimate. Famously John Cazale's last film, and Meryl Streep's first substantial role, it's also a movie starring Young Christopher Walken, who I sometimes feel is a wholly separate actor from the more famous Regular Christopher Walken -- and unlike the division of filmographies between the Als Pacino or Jacks Nicholson, we didn't get many Young Christopher Walken movies. He…
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War is hell. I can't believe this isn't the norm for people who came back from Vietnam.
The Russian Roulette scene is so powerful and moving. I do believe it would have sustained it's power if the scene wasn't replayed twice more.
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