The Oscar nominations were just announced and I thought I would try to watch most of the best picture nominations and review them. I realize that there are certain movies that I have no desire to see (cough cough Hell or High Water) and ones that I cannot physically watch because they are no longer in theaters near me so I won’t be able to review all of them. I have, however, watched 4 so for so I am going to start with the movie I saw first and that is Hacksaw Ridge.
Directed by Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge is a devastatingly true story about a conscientious objector named Desmond Doss who refused to carry a gun during the war for religious reasons so he was made a medic. While being bombed by enemy lines on the ridge Desmond stayed on the ridge carrying people to safety. He is credited with saving 75 lives that day.
You never really get to see stories like this in which people are doing genuine good not expecting anything out of it. People get a lot of praise for doing much less amazing things than Desmond so it was nice to see Desmond get the recognition he deserves.
The story is often unbelievable at times. In fact, Mel Gibson said in an interview that there was an instance described in the book of Desmond trying to give up his stretcher when he was about to be carried down from the ridge but Gibson felt he could not include it because the viewers would not believe it.
That’s just it though. Desmond did something that most people would never do and that astonishing feeling of amazement and patriotic pride is present throughout the entire movie.
You can tell that the director tried to make this movie as realistic as possible so for that reason this movie is not for everyone. Because of its extremely gory nature, I wouldn’t recommend taking your kids to it or anyone who has served in the military and has PTSD or went through a traumatizing experience during the war.
Although this is pretty heavy subject matter, from Desmond’s alcoholic father at the beginning of his life to his time in the war, Andrew Garfield’s portrayal of Desmond Doss is often lighthearted giving the move much needed breaks from the scenes that are hard to witness.
I will end this by doing what I do every time I see a movie for the first time: rate it.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Have you seen Hacksaw Ridge? What did you think of it?
Disclaimer: I am an average viewer who does not enjoy the same things that the academy enjoys which you will see when I review La La Land.
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