Kubrick's signature coldness is more terrifying here than in any of his other films even surpassing The Shining. The problem is that while individually almost all the scenes are great they don't exactly form a coherent whole. Still what is good is better than what most films could ever hope to be.
One third of the movie was disposable and another was a comedy, but the message was (re)formulated pretty well: in order to become a good soldier (euphemism for killing machine) you have to erase yourself to the point of not having a recognizable face anymore; no identity, no past, no conscience, not one bit of sensibility or lucidity. Good enough, but others did it better.
This film shows is one of my favorites of all time for its accurate portrayal of what true hell it must have been to serve in the Vietnam war. Many films have captured the action and drama and some few have shown the tragedy but Full Metal Jacket has every aspect. From the tortures boot camp to the barren wasteland of the war zone, from the killing of child soldiers to mass graves, Full Metal Jacket depicts hell.
2,5 - It is a film that every time I see it always disappoints me a little ... I always try to see something more. Excellent photography, shots especially in the first half. Then it's an investigative film ... where the subject is the American soldier in Vietnam ... a lot of jokes have gone down in history!
A narrativa do filme torna-se um bocado tosca a partir de certo momento; há um corte entre o que me parece ser 2 histórias distintas e que corta precisamente tudo o que há de exciting. Percebo a intenção de fazer troça de todo o panorama mas acaba por se tornar um pouco estranho.
I might not have judged this as harshly if I hadn't seen "Apocalypse Now" on the big screen this year, as Coppola's fever dream seems to express the inhumanity of war more effectively than Kubrick's satire. Aside from the boot camp scenes, my favorite parts are just the Tarkovskian sequences of bodies roaming ruined landscapes, London an eerie stand-in for Vietnam with its smoldering rubble and dead palm trees.
Ermey’s insults are too clever and witty to be truly anything more than a hilarious and overzealous lampoon of militarism. There’s also no drama or internalizing until D’Onofrio’s short post-jelly donut scene. And while the Vietnam scenes can be harrowing, they are never quite creative or thoughtful, especially coming a year after Platoon. Just cute or bleak. Acceptable, but also with Kubrick’s late-career thinness.
When I think of Full Metal Jacket I think of Ermey's stare of complete hatred and witty verbal abuse directly in my face, he built his entire career off that and his insults have yet to be matched. Admittedly it does lack in the latter half because the anti war message couldn’t be any more in your face, soldiers humanity completely gone by openly shooting workers in a rice field. Who am I sympathising with again?