Sometimes there's good things in bad movies. Like Joe Alwyn. He knocked it out of the park. It's just that the plot is littered with gag-inducing tropes. For me the best scene was when he's talking to the cheerleader, and he realizes she loves the idea of him, rather than him as a person. She could have saved his life.
There's something inherently bizarre and yet so very American about the transition between the flashbacks of the war scene and the entire Destiny's Child performance. The film constantly felt a bit off... the PTSD was a bit heavy-handed and there were terrible supporting actors/characters (Vin Diesel, the cheerleader, Steve Martin...), while others (Billy's family, the soldiers) were basically ignored. Shame.
Something something good intentions. That goes both for the display of American troops during hermetically sealed sports events to make the audience feel good about themselves, and to the Hollywood contingent that thinks 'Oh, how awful, we must do a movie about this'."Billy, Don't be a Hero" or "Billy, You're a Hero". And Steve Martin in the thinly disguised Jerry Jones role? No. Ang Lee dropped the ball here. Avoid.
You get pretty quickly the idea and i have nothing against this script. The soldiers presented as a product precisely like any other add. And the ridiculous big show, it is all Guy Debord again. But why Ang Lee tells us this story with all the good old tricks ? Tears, heavy music, flashback in the end of all the emotional scenes : more than counter productive, it destroys the all project. Where is the distance ?
(1080p 3D 24fps) Solid exercise on the fakeness of cinema, the realities of "the war on terror" and the spectacle woven around it. Everything looks realistically fake: there's a fake Beyoncé; the 3D is excruciatingly crisp; the high frame rate (that the BluRay transfer won't allow you to experience) makes for an uncinematic fluidity of movement. More relevant than it's considered to be as a conceptual parody.
"Just a normal day in America" !!! <3. A masterpiece! I hate so much America, (foreign) politics and popular culture, that such a brilliant and smart and fine critics of war, entertainment, stupid patriotism, fat texans etc etc, i couldn't not love it! And i've never imagined to be touched by Vin Diesel one day, good job Master Lee!
Don't understand the indifference to this film. Lee is such an amazing humanistic director and this film really shows that off. All the small glances as seen through Billy's eyes are subtly brilliant.Main guy is good.He really goes thru so many emotions during that ball game and he displays often brilliantly. Another almost great Lee film.Really enjoyed it.The film subplot is a bit tired but I enjoyed the meta of it
Turkey time. Even the best directors wind up missing the mark sometimes and Ang Lee fails on almost all fronts with this miscalculated film that looks at patriotism, service, celebrity and perception in its' story of an American troop on a 'tour of duty' back home. The scripting and dialogue throughout are pretty awful giving in to cliché and bogus philosophy. On the plus side is the title turn by Joe Alwyn.
You know, I get that the filmmakers were trying to create a thorough and balanced examination of the contrasting viewpoints of soldiers and civilians. But, it throws so many points at you so quickly and randomly, you have little time to meditate on the issues presented. It also, consequently, causes the characters to come-off as one-note political stereotypes.