The Deer Hunter (1978) (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 Deer Hunter

acting 10

directing 8

effects 8

editing 7

writing 9


4.2 out of 5 🐙


There are a lot of bleak and f**ked up movies about the Vietnam War and its sprawling consequences. But for my money, The Deer Hunter is the most disturbing of all. I’m no expert on PTSD or the plight of veterans from this war but everything that happens in this film, as bizarre and fantastical it is, feels real. It feels like what would happen when whole men are thrown through the thresher of war and have to heal themselves. Not all of the characters transform the same way. But they are all affected. Aside from his legendary monologue in Pulp Fiction, this is Christopher Walken’s finest role. Meryl Streep and Rober De Niro are Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro. They are young gods in this movie but they are still gods. Just strap on a helmet before seeing this; this movie is mental shrapnel.




Review process: (this is always evolving, I’m sad to say. I’m more of a watcher who makes mostly unhelpful observations about things I have absorbed. I am not unlike a pop culture blob.)

Two scores are assigned: (I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me)

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

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…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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