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Even though Full Metal Jacket was made in 1987, Director Stanley Kubrick had already been around for a long time--for example, he's known for filming the largely satirical Dr. Strangelove in the early 60s. His filming ingenuity only got better as time went on, and Full Metal Jacket is proof of this fact. In this movie, Kubrick relied heavily on a soundtrack to tell the narrative through the technique of satire. I believe that this soundtrack is used to establish an ironical relationship between the audience and the characters in the movie. In other words, Kubrick uses the soundtrack as an ironic plot device. For example, the choice to use "The Chapel of Love" while the men are at war serves to either make fun of or emphasize the desperate attitudes of some of the soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress. In other words, the movie indirectly makes fun of steadfast patriotism when war instead really promises mental insanity.
This movie is one of Johnny Depp's best. Regarding content, this movie definitely flows at a high pace, but it lacks the violence that is characteristic of so many other American criminal movies. However, this fact does not bother me at all, and I actually really loved this movie, but I think that the lack of violence may be why so many other people rated this movie with a low score. In addition, I noticed something funky going on with Depp's hairstyle: it's reminiscent of 21 Jump Street! The way his hair is combed in this movie very much reminds me of his bad-boy hairstyle midway through the television sitcom. As a result, Depp appears to be much younger in this movie than in many of his other movies from this time era.
Although I typically do not like silent films, this movie was an exception. The overemphasis on body language that is characteristic of silent films, oddly, did not bore me but rather kept my interest throughout the film. Because I am from a digital generation, I think it is difficult for most of today's viewers to keep attention when watching a silent film, and therefore the fact that I liked this film so much proves that this movie is truly creatively done. At the beginning of the movie, there is a moving camera in front of a bicycle, which was a highly innovative technique for 1925, and this is just one of the many reasons that I love this movie. Watch it!
The director based the story of this film on events from his own adolescent past during World War II, and therefore the genre for this film is Historiographic cinematography. Aside from that detail, I believe that this movie is wonderfully told. The narrative sequence is flawless, and even though the movie is a bit long, the director holds the viewer's interest throughout the movie. However, the movie is a bit sad, and although we are not told what happens to the Jewish boy at the end of the movie, we can only guess that the outcome is tragic and the Jewish boy was most likely sent to a concentration camp.
This movie was ABSOLUTELY terrible. Too long. I had to sit through this movie for several class periods during a French film course. I can truly say, without exaggeration, that the time I spent watching the movie was some of the most torturous moments of my life. However, the scenery in this movie was beautiful. The director dealt with colorful landscapes, and I found this artistic detail refreshing amidst an otherwise terrible movie. However, this was not enough to compensate for this movie.