Platoon (1986) (mini-review++)

plat.jpg(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)

acting 9 

directing 8

effects 9

editing 7

writing 7

SW SCORE: 40

4 out of 5 🐙

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I am not a fan of most of Oliver Stone’s work though I appreciate his intent (because I am obviously a mind reader) and his point of view. I rarely agree with his theories but he can tell a story and he can get good performances from his actors and neither of those are mean feats. The Vietnam War is a still open wound in the American and Vietnamese psyche. I have not had the privilege of seeing a film from the perspective of the Vietnamese people and/or a film made by Vietnamese artists. But Stone does a fine job of conveying the chaotic hell that washed down on the troops involved in that abominable war. The acting performances are brutal in the best possible way and their stories are devastating, full of sound and fury.

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(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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