The Vietnam War (Ken Burns, Lynn Novick) (2017) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

The Vietnam War

importance 10

directing 10

writing 10

effects 10

editing 10

SW score: 50


Just watch it. I’m the most cynical person you will meet and the sheer audacity and scope of the evil perpetrated by the United States government is astounding. It is nothing short of bipartisan, coordinated, amoral, American executed genocide.


Richard Nixon prolonged the war by sabotaging peace talks to improve his election chances. Read that again. He PROLONGED A WAR that was killing people (even Americans, oh my!) to further his political career. And almost worse, LBJ knew and didn’t report this to the American public.

If the kill numbers cited above don’t blow your hair back, here’s the cherry on top: ~303,700 Americans and ~600,000 Vietnamese were wounded.




(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (importance, directing, writing, cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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