IMDB Rating: 8,3/10
Genre: Drama, War
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Gustav Hasford
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio
What we really wanted from all of the Stanley Kubrick movies? Indeed all of his films are the best of all but does Full Metal Jacket be one of the best war movies of all time? The answer is yes. Full Metal Jacket is one of the best war movies like Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. Stanley Kubrick tries to combine a psychological theme with war genre. It may sound strange to an audience that unfamiliar with a psychological film combined with wars like The Shining. However, what Stanley Kubrick wants to convey to his audience is how in boot camp training and war it can bring down someone’s mental.
“Full Metal Jacket,” tells about the twists and turns of newbie soldiers undergoing training at the boot camp in order to deal with how vicious Vietnam war is. These boot camp exercises show how a torture Gny. Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) to his students until one of his students was mentally depressed. A boot camp is like a hard discipline upheld, oath of superiors, very heavy training, up to the bully of friends of his boot camp, all done by Gny. Sgt. Hartman in order to strengthen his students mentally.
As we know as war movies, there have been a lot of war movies showing a very loud boot camp training like Platoon and Hacksaw Ridge. I don’t know much fewer films that have the same theme as those two films because I may not have seen enough war movies yet but Stanley Kubrick shows to his audience is very cliche. Cliche in other ways I mean is how all the scenes that exist in the boot camp are very memorable such as dialogue, acting, jokes, all is very memorable.
In this movie, Gny. Sgt. Hartman who played by R. Lee Ermey really badass in this movie. How he can cast out a joke of dark comedy, insults out of his mouth and can make his audience laugh even though it is a serious thing to the story that carries a very disturbing but interesting psychological theme. The film is divided into two stories such as training in boot camp and the brutal of Vietnam war. We will be made to laugh the first 45 minutes of the film but all that changed after 45 minutes. In this second story, the sensation of this film changed drastically into a serious impression.
Like Stanley Kubrick’s films that always insert a moral message in every movie, Full Metal Jacket also has something like that. Full Metal Jacket doesn’t focus too much on war with the effects of explosions everywhere and shots but this movie has something very deep to be understood. War always keeps one from wondering what to do on the battlefield. Humans want peace in every human heart but what is about in this film ironically has to be solved by war. Innocent people are killed on the battlefield, killing people but not being depicted by the mistakes that appear on their faces, making us wonder whether what we are doing is something fair. In essence, war always makes people change drastically into a psychopath by itself.
Overall, Full Metal Jacket is a war movie that can cause scars of the heart after watching this movie. This movie is a war movie with good quality to watch for elite film fans. The meaning that exists in it until the dialogues and actings that makes this film seemed to have no shortcomings for myself.