Two friends arrive back from Vietnam, scarred in different ways. One has physical injuries, the other has mental problems that make him yearn to be a bird, a subject he has always been fascinated with.
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Incredibly touching story about two friends whose lives were destroyed by war. Alan Parker's direction is flawless, as well as the performances and the soundtrack. An emotional roller coaster ride that feels more genuine every time.
The movie is full of cliches and weaknesses, but i did like Matthew Modine's performance. I think he's been sadly underestimated as an actor. Contrary to Nicholas Cage, who might be the most overrated ever.
Unbelievable. Parker spends two hours telling us how absent-minded Birdy is. The use of flashbacks wasn't worth at all. When the screenplay doesn't know where to go next, tries to sell us how terrible Vietnam was! It rejects the value of their own story. Didn't connect with Cage nor Modoni. Terrible ending, didn't fit La Bamba with two guys trying to escape..in a story which basically was from a man desiring to Fly!
Cinema has a long history of great Vietnam films, from Apocalypse Now to Platoon, but Birdy is not one of them. Alan Parker's film is a tonal mess, lurching into laughable parody as the increasingly ridiculous story unfolds. Nicholas Cage, though entertaining as ever, shows why he can't be trusted with serious drama. The only redeeming feature is the film's audacious curve-ball for an ending.
A strange and delightful film, Alan Parker directs this tale of friendship between Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine, the latter obsessed with birds and the thought of flight. It's over the top in a lot of places, but works well despite that, mainly thanks to the cast and central idea.