Full Metal Jacket – 
War is always a bitter thing. The men in the battlefield were prepared to face the death. They have to be strong, forget about the right and wrong, value of a life and the only thing they have to do is order their command. Among the notable films which has registered the war situations, Full Metal Jacket is also one directed by one of the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
Film opens with the group of new people trained in U.S.Marines under Sergeant Hartman who does the job of turning each individual into a ruthless warriors. Most of the training scenes revolves around the Pvt. Joker and Pvt. Pyle. Sergeant Hartman grows disliking towards Pvt. Pyle as he is overweight and also due to his inability to do lot of tasks. Frustrated by him, he orders Pvt. Joker to take care of him and asks Pvt. Pyle to learn things from him. Under the Joker he learns the things slowly.
One day for a mistake committed by Pyle, Hartman punishes every other in the group which causes everybody to hate Pyle. Pyle becomes alone, frustrated and concentrates hard on training does well in handling rifles. But at the end of the training he does a tragic thing with that the training part of the film ends.
Film then opens in Vietman where Joker was sent to join the American army and serves as a combat correspondent. He was then ordered to join the army in Phu bai, a marine operating base. In the battlefield they were losing their commanders one by one due to the traps and sniper. As the sniper kills one by one, the remaining people moves in the pursuit of the sniper.
As a law, a great film comprises of great performances. Full Metal Jacket is boosted up by wonderful performances from R.Lee Ermey (Hartman), Mathew Modine (Joker), Vincent D’Onofrio (Pvt. Pyle) and every other. R.Lee Ermey as a drill instructor lives that role. He is basically a drill instructor worked in the U.S.Marines and trained the soldiers for Vietnam war. He has written the dialogues for himself. We could hear all the foul mouthed words in English in the first half of the film. Most of them I didn’t understand.
Mathew Modine as a marine with heart shows a lot of emotions he goes through.Vincent as the obese, absent minded Pvt. Pyle does his part well. Everybody in the film lived how they will live as a soldiers in battlefield.
Film moves in the eyes of the Pvt. Joker who narrates the story to the viewer. The film doesn’t tries to show what really happens in the training camp or what happened in the Vietnam but it just takes the field as Vietnam war to show about the wars all around the world and the mentality of the soldiers.The film shows how an individual transforms during the training, the interactions between the soldiers in the war situations and their motive of sacrificing and fighting till the end for the loss of their army men.
Director Stanley Kubrick was one who likes to do enough groundwork before taking up the project. After the release of his film ‘The shining’ he wanted to do a film on Holocaust by drawing the experiences and inputs from Michael Herr, who has written the Vietnam war memoir Dispatches. But he abandoned that in favor of a film on Vietnam war. He needed to suitable story to adapt and after reading the novel ‘The short-timers‘ written by Gustav Hasford, he decided to made a film. He along with Herr and Hasford worked on the screenplay of the film.
To know more about the research did by Kubrick for this film, you can read here. This film for sure will stand for time to come as it’s not standing on its technical brilliance but shows about the war circumstances which is not going to change even in the modern world. But that doesn’t mean its inferior in technical aspects. This film can stand on its own in technical terms also.
Full Metal Jacket – Captured as it is.
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