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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 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.
Just left me.. fucking speechless, like my life fell apart with them in the end. Such a depressing film, again successfully showing the psychological effects of war, but more specifically from the Vietnam war itself. 10/10 doesn't do this film justice, but for the sake of reality, a 10/10 fits it perfectly. This film will leave you in dread. 10/10
Thankfully, I had been able to keep myself spoiler free as it relates to “The Deer Hunter.” For a movie with this reputation and fame, I was quite proud of the fact that I hardly knew what it was about, how it ended or even how its famous Russian roulette scene climaxes. I was excited to finally see this movie, in small part because it was the last film I needed to see to have watched every best picture winner from the 1970s. But, to put it bluntly, “The Deer Hunter” disappointed me.
This film is set during the Vietnam War. It follows a group of friends from a small, industrial Pennsylvania town. Half of the men of the group…
Not as much pretentious or self-indulgent as it is pure stupid. It's a really, REALLY bad film - with a couple of scenes that are genuinly great (and iconic). Terrifyingly awful storytelling and in dire need of some *actual* editing.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
-had some very cool shots
-great acting especially de niro and christopher walken
-it was very slow and very long, perhaps unnecissarily
-the russian roulette scene was so good, and set up for the films message of anti war
-it was very sad it shows the horrors of war differently than apocalypse now did, but felt more real
Film # 11 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 15" Challenge
Task # 3: A film your father loves
“The Deer Hunter” is a movie classic that was especially known for that one scene: the Russian roulette scene. But “The Deer Hunter” is more than that and can easily be called a masterpiece. With this war drama director and screenwriter Michael Cimino shows us the impact a war can have on the average man.
Mike, Steven and Nick are three friends. They work together and spend their free time in bars and hunting. The three are called in to fight during the Vietnam war. There the men are captured by the Vietcong, that forces them to play a game…
I liked it the first time, but like most movies, thought it would be better the second time. It was not.
Overwrought, overlong, overacted, and overrated: the Academy ideal.
The performances are more melodramatic than bad, and Cimino's uncommercial cinéma vérité-esque wedding sequence is compelling, but the movie boils down to a three-hour, manipulative, thematically thin slog with one iconic scene. Then Francis came along...
If i had wanted to watch that much of a wedding i would have just gone to one
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