Born on the Fourth of July (1989) (mini-review++)

born-on-the-fourth-of-july-still(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 7

effects 7

editing 7

writing 8


3.8 out of 5 🐙


It’s funny how you see things differently with age. When I first saw this movie, I was conservative politically. I was also Catholic. Now I’m a far-left leftist and agnostic. But when I saw it, I thought it was just more Democratic Party propaganda. I thought it was outrageous and exaggerated. Fast forward 20 years and a lot of reading and I think this movie is mild. The atrocity that was the Vietnam War…ok I’m stopping. The most outrageous thing about this true story is not that it’s true. It’s that it’s not unique. But even among a galaxy of wounded stars, this serves as a good representative of what happens when evil washes over a generation.







(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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