Family splintered; village destroyed; endured rape, torture, prostitution, humilations of all kind. Married a marine who turns out to be a psycho-asshole. Moved to the US, gets culture shock. All this shown in length & detail. Not bad, you might think. No, you are mistaken. Strangely it's boring. Overly long, overblown, unfocused, main characters don't intersect. Mr. Stone wanted to cover too much & couldn't make it.
Relationships torn by war and relationships formed by war are what Oliver Sone put emphasis on when telling this truly epic story.Vietnam is heaven in colors,family life and harmonie.The war is depicted gritty and disturbing as in the 16mm black/hvite nightmareish emotinal flashes which our heroine is dreaming, thinking and seeing.This is bold but we buy it as dark colors on the bleak canvas portraying theVietnamWar.
***1/2 I'd like to give ****, but can't honestly do so; it's still too wobbly and literal-minded in the usual Oliver Stone way. But it's his triumph nevertheless- the best of his Vietnam trilogy, his Sirkian "women's picture," the personal and the political rightly blurred beyond all distinction, in which the melodrama, at its pinnacles (immeasurably aided by the cinematography of Robert Richardson), is shattering.