Monday, April 9, 2012

Two Line Reviews - #377

Movie: The Deer Hunter (1978)

Plot: Men working in an industrial plant in a U.S. town see their routine of fun,booze and deer-hunting get hampered when a few among them are sent to represent the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. The effect that the war has on 3 of them and their close buddies is showed as an aftermath.

What Works?
  • There have been many films on the Nam war but this one doesn't focus much on the war as it does on the men involved. In that way it is refreshing.
  • The buddies play their happy roles well and the leg-pulling and use of offensive language appear natural.
  • The scene at the lake-place in Nam where the lives of DeNiro & his friends get changed is crucial for the film and has been shown brilliantly.
  • Robert DeNiro & Chris Walken shine in their roles of substance and guys like Savagem, Dzunda and Meryl Streep offer good support.
What Doesn't?
  • The film is painstakingly long with some winding sequences that tell little (For example, the wedding sequence shown that lasts for about 40 mins is too long to explain the pre-war anxiety of the individuals)
  • The deer hunting scene after DeNiro returns doesn't explain the 'realisation' as one might have expected it to.
Laboriously made, Laborious watch too!