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This movie isn't exactly going to win me over any time soon.
Made you feel like you were there in the movie!!!!
It is hard to make a war movie that doesn't glorify war because war is exciting by its nature. Jarhead mostly succeeds though by portraying the intense preparations for a short war (Operation Desert Storm) and showing the men are mostly bored and are more likely to die than do anything heroic.
Good points: the casting is great. Very very believable acting from the entire cast. Gylennhaal draws you in with his ability to send out clear emotions. The emphasis on the pain of waiting for the fight, a huge part of war, is a side of war not explored enough - and this film addresses that. Also the theme of always remaining in the desert and never forgetting war is a well illustrated point.
Bad points: no action. Almost nothing at all occurs in the film which is exciting. The theme of having the wait and wait for war was taken way too far. Not even half as entertaining as it should have been. So boring. The script at times is ultra unrealistic and cringe (thinking about the bit leading upto where they brand the spotter for Gylennhaal). Also the way the men cried in the film was way too prissy seeming. The reality was broken and I would end up laughing.
Overall this film is a waste of time. Donâ(TM)t watch it.
"Jarhead" is a misconception of the war film itself. Indeed, this isn't one of the war films where the audience wants to see war or action full of explosions or battlegrounds. It's a movie that failed to be understood by some of the mainstream audiences. Every war is different. Every war is the same. Every man fights his own war. At the end of the film, there is a moment when all the soldiers returning to the home on the bus and are welcomed by American. However, one of the veterans wanted to join the bus. What made me so touched in that scene was the expression from the veteran. It fills with sadness but irony. Even though there aren't too many backgrounds that we know of its character, it's just enough why we immediately understand. Swofford's idealism gave rise to the true taste of what war was. In fact, part of life can also be used as a weapon and war itself. Sam Mendes with such fantastic directing, Roger Deakins, Jake Gyllenhaal with such a crazy performance, Jamie Foxx too, Scott MacDonald even though only a small part but very slick and so insane, and Peter Sarsgaard with characters who put a burden. "Jarhead" is at least not a film that carries political or propaganda elements. Just like what Alan Troy said.
Multiple viewings required to fully grasp the levels and topics the movie deals with.
It's not just about the standardizing of everything in the military.
It's not just about the psych stuff that happens to overtrained, overhyped marines that don't get to do what they're so overtrained for.
It's not just about brotherhood.
It's not just about surreal encounters, useless chores, moments of mental breakdown...
It's about everything imaginable and the vast emptiness that comes with it.
The audience serves as the pre-enlistment marines. You are sold vietnam, in all its glory and fun. What you get is the reality. You are trained to need the kill, the movie is less fun without the violence. You need this. It is your only thought. And you, much like the marines who are trained to kill, and denied that need.
Beyond Jake Gyllenhaal, Jarhead doesn't offer much. It attempts to address themes pertinent to the soldier that have been better addressed in previous war films. It also has no business being 2 hours long.
Movie needed to showcase the actual boredom that creates the psychological stress on the marines, just glossing over with a narration in favour of boredom-adjacent set pieces severely dulls the impact when the war gets going for real. Also needed more of Jamie Foxx('s character). Has its moment s though, and some really cool stuff in the backend.
I love this movie, it is my favorite marine/war movie.