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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…
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.
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…
"Taxi Driver: The Beginning"! This does give us a little bit of an idea as to what made Travis Bickle so blasted crazy, so towards the end of the '70s, Robert De Niro wasn't so much into epic crime dramas as much as he was into epic prequels. He certainly wasn't that into playing Italian, because he's playing Russian-American here, which makes sense, given that the usual image of a Russian is not a burly, passionate brute, but rather, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage. Strangely enough, director and co-producer Michael Cimino is himself of Italian descent, but, hey, this isn't about the film's staff of ethnicity, as much as it's about the humble hard-workers having their spirits…
Such a powerful film.
Iwasaki Library - DVD
Overlong and much-maligned for its bending of historical accuracy and its depictions of the Vietnamese characters, but away from those points this is a haunting epic with some fine performances, gorgeous cinematography and sublime direction. Whether or not the Russian roulette games happened or not doesn't seem to matter anymore, as they serve as a terrifying metaphor that highlights the pointlessness of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, and the tension and horror of the scenes that depict this senseless violence will live long in the memory.
Drags on in places, but overall a really great film that will stay with me.
so this was something...
BBC film critic Mark Kermode has challenged the film's status, "At the risk of being thrown out of the 'respectable film critics' circle, may I take this opportunity to declare officially that in my opinion The Deer Hunter is one of the worst films ever made, a rambling, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing, barf-fest steeped in manipulatively racist emotion, and notable primarily for its farcically melodramatic tone which is pitched somewhere between shrieking hysteria and somnambulist somberness."
Time has pulled its trigger enough to kill the overall quality of the film since the first viewing (or maybe even its release) and its relevance has always been limited to U.S.A. but the madness is continually haunting.
It drags on too long for one to remember what events transpired whether it be the friendship nor the battles yet it makes us the Nicky of the real world in the way we look back to it: we do not remember it fully yet it haunts us.
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