A Few Good Men Reviews
Ultimately a story of how men, even those of superior privilege, status and ability can be warped by the expedient aspects their respective daily environments. The Colonel of an island outpost, drunk on too many years of giving far more orders than he receives, styles himself a guardian against unseen, and quite possibly imagined, foes.
If his station and reputation are any indication, the pedigreed JAG lawyer has been well-served by his cynical pragmatism. Which came first is unclear, but the convoluted world of Washington politics fits his demeanor.
Both falter on Demi Moore's steely eyed idealism. Understandably so.
Perhaps good men are those who sometimes allow themselves to be moderated by beautiful ideals? But since passions are by definition fleeting, good men remain few.
Nicholson is absolutely superb delivering some wonderful dialogue.
When we see thst we can't just unsee somethings to handle it accordingly by the law. When what others did not wish to see they get rid of, what they didn't see they were up for the job and could cost other lives in the process. When we don't see somethings but see other things we go the wrong direction in what we see. When we see we handled such matters a different way when we can't hold somethings responsible for lives, promotions and respectability of this army at risk. When we see the front lines of action we see it all, while civilization sits comfortably in their seats while we keep them safe for them not to see what we see. When we see ourselves close to that fence seeing the enemy or future enemies thst is all we have to do when the pressures of failure is not acceptable when we need to protect that wall of safety our country so heavily wants us to safe guard we put no lives in jeopardy over 1 issue that stands in our way. What we see and everyone sees is we need to it for GOD & country. When what we wished to see avoid we see we received something worse when we try to do things the way we see it and not others we try to sneak past justice of our country vs our own instant justice. When we see our country not align with the righteousness of the law then we allow the law to be pushed down by those whom is it unnecessary when they believe in power is the answer against another power to go head to head.
"You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like "honor", "code", "loyalty". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!" - Colonel Jessup
When the vary thing that makes something stand, it thinks less of us when the only thing that matters is it standing. When what we do comes at great importance that we have to make the decision to minimalize all other lease importances.