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Monday, November 07, 2005

Jarhead Review

HAT TIP: Newsmax and James Hirsen.....

Not bad, he says.... Anyone seen JARHEAD yet?

Hirsen Reviews 'Jarhead'
James Hirsen, NewsMax.comMonday, Nov. 7, 2005
Jake Gyllenhaal must be a method actor.
He was evidently so geared up for his role in the recently released "Jarhead" flick, he punched out one of his co-stars.
There's one scene in the Gulf War movie where Gyllenhaal's character threatens a fellow Marine by placing a rifle in the guy's mouth.
"When I pulled it out, [I hit myself and] I remember I looked down and saw that my tooth had come off," Gyllenhaal told the assembled reporters at a promotion press conference.
"For some reason I just got so angry that I had chipped my tooth ... and just started hitting him and we didn't talk for a month after that," the actor said.
When fisticuffs break out on a set after the director has already yelled "Cut!" you can pretty much bet the film is going to be an intense one.
"Jarhead" is.
The movie is a war film, but not in the conventional sense. It focuses more on how one particular group of Marines prepares for battle but never really gets the chance to engage.
The theme is encapsulated in a single sentence, when Gyllenhaal's character expresses his disappointment at the end of the Gulf War by saying, "I never got to shoot my gun."
The film version of "Jarhead" is not nearly as negative with respect to the military as Anthony Swofford's best-selling memoir is. Sam Mendes (who also directed "American Beauty") appears to have made a concerted effort to be objective in his screen presentation.
The movie's story line revolves around the travails of the main character as he makes his way from boot camp to Saudi Arabia, where he interacts with other jarheads including Troy (Peter Sarsgaard) and Sgt. Siek (Jamie Foxx).
When a screenplay is adapted from a slanted source, it will inevitably contain some distortion. And although Swofford's experiences during the first Gulf War may be authentic, one must keep in mind that they are merely one Marine's point of view.
The characters who populate the film are quirky caricatures, the cinematic suggestion being that they are typical of all of our military.
This having been said, "Jarhead" is worth the watch.
The stunning images, expert directing and in-your-face script have the audience sweltering in the heat of the desert while appreciating the immense sacrifice of those who defend our freedom.
Some of the cinematography borders on the surreal and is reminiscent of "Apocalypse Now." (Ironically, in an early scene in the film, a large gathering of Marines view scenes from "Apocalypse Now" and root for U.S. forces like rabid sports fans in the throes of a "Monday Night Football" game.)
The scenes that depict the final moments of the Gulf War are notable. Vistas of blazing oil wells, charred corpses and an oil-soaked horse limping through the desert are sure to stick in the mind long after the last frame goes black.
Mendes apparently was too kind to the military for many in the film critic community. The movie is getting mixed reviews, with many of the mainstream publications slamming it.
Variety critic Todd McCarthy thinks the movie isn't bold enough. He claims that "Jarhead" is unable to achieve "a confident, consistent or sufficiently audacious tone."
The Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan calls it "a cold film that only sporadically makes the kind of emotional connection it's after."
And A.O. Scott of the New York Times writes that "Jarhead" strains for "an authenticity it lacks either the will or the means to achieve."
The criticisms don't ring true. This film is, in this reviewer's opinion, audacious, emotionally stirring and authentic.
It is, however, full of profanity, so folks would be wise not to let the kids sneak into the multiplex.
Still, the movie is a partial yet powerful representation of the United States Marine Corps, and those who hold our military and its finest in high esteem will not be dissuaded.

LINK: http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/11/6/144012.shtml

14 Comments:

  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger Philly Progressive said…

    Great.

    A movie celbrating our brainwashed kill-bots. Now maybe more poor kids will think it's cool or something to fight for the US. Just what we need.

    And when the Iraqi freedom fighters put out a video glorifying their fighters, you guys say it's bad, and it's making terrorists look good.

    Isn't that typical neocon hypocrisy!

     
  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger gutshot said…

    So PP, is it nice having the SEPTA Trains back? Hope your liberal union friends didn't throw a wrench in your schedule last week, PP.

    Killbots? Glad you hold our nation's military in such high regard. Hope you never get in a situation where our Armed Forces need to bail you out; that would be some mighty raw crow to have to eat.

    Wait, you support our troops, right?

     
  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Philly, you little bitchfist, stop fucking posting here, you sack of shit bastard. Why aren't you serving your fedayeen pals? Come on goatfuckprogressive, go do us a favor and strap a bomb to your chest, asshat.

     
  • At 1:59 PM, Blogger Ranando said…

    I saw it months ago at a private screening and I thought it was great. I look inside what our Marines go through in a war. The first Gulf War was a War we can be proud of.

    I wish this Iraq War was a war we will be proud of, maybe not.

     
  • At 3:18 PM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Private screening? Well, that's cool. So, Ranando, you all kinds of folks in Hollywood? Saw your blog with the Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott pic. Very cool actors, the both of them.

    Just be proud of your troops and their friends.

     
  • At 4:52 PM, Blogger chefwes said…

    Got yourself a new moron to play with, huh Nick?
    This philly dude wouldn't know a coherent thought if it jumped up and bit him in the ass!
    I look forward to seeing the fun!

     
  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger Ranando said…

    There's my buddy, Chefwes. How have you been? Love ya.

    Nick,

    I saw Phil Jackson's King Kong the other day. Too long and it's the same old movie. I think I was a little disappointed.

     
  • At 6:23 PM, Blogger Philly Progressive said…

    Typical neocon Chickenhawk- I say something you can't argue with, and you reply with a stream of barely coherent expletives.


    Typical neanderthal neocon.

     
  • At 7:54 PM, Blogger Philly Progressive said…

    Wait, you support our troops, right?

    I support Hasan Akbar- and other righteous fraggers. They're the real heroes who are protecting America from the neocons.

     
  • At 4:02 AM, Blogger gutshot said…

    PP, I pray that your children all willfully decide to go to war for the United States.

     
  • At 5:37 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Philly, Hasan Akbar is traitoring festering boil on the ass of humanity, only to be outdone by you, you rectal zit. Philly, you and Akbar can both hold hands when the firing squad fulfills its justice.

    Again, who the freak invited you here? Go away, troll. Just STFU.

     
  • At 7:13 PM, Blogger Philly Progressive said…

    Hahsan Akbar has more courage and patriotism in the finger he pulled those grenade pins with than you have in your whole neocon chickenhawk body.

    Why don't you join up, chickenhawk?

    Can you answer that, or are you too busy thumping your chest with the LC club?

     
  • At 6:28 AM, Blogger NDwalters said…

    Hassan Akbar is backstabbing porchmonkey and needed to shot. You ought to join him. Stop posting on this blog. You're as welcome as Michael Jackson at a PRe-K Center.

    Why don't I fight? Gee, it's voluntary, there's no draft, and I ain't needed. Why won't you? Are you too much of a little limpwristed college boy to give a crap about anything?

    Have nice heaping cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP.

    LC Club? Why don't you get over to the Empire, and see what the LC's have to say, you gutless fucking troll.

    Put your money where your mouth is and venture outside that pathetic little blog you have and debate real folks. Go to the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler or Famous Idiot. Go spew your brainless rectal intellect there.

     
  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger Philly Progressive said…

    "porchmonkey"

    Why don't you just use the N-word, Chickenhawk?

     

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