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Full Metal Jacket (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on November 11, 2007

Like most people, I consider the first part of FMJ to be the best.  The dehumanizing rigors of drilling, the nightmare transformation of Pyle, and especially all those wonderful, colorful lines that explode out of Ermey’s mouth.  By contrast, the dialogue in the rest of the movie is horribly clichéd and not very well delivered, either.  That whole middle section between boot camp and the sniper is an unfocused hodge-podge of “Vietnam stuff”.  Some of it is interesting and some of it isn’t… for the most part it seems to belong to a lesser film.  Only when we get into the sniper episode does the film really regain its legs.  Rating: 7


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