“These are great days we’re living, bros. We are jolly green giants, walking the Earth with guns. These people we wasted here today are the finest human beings we will ever know. After we rotate back to the world, we’re gonna miss not having anyone around that’s worth shooting.”
Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 “Full Metal Jacket” is definitely worth checking out this summer because this masterpiece has got it all. You want violence, racism, wit, sexism, politics, suspense, hope, and more? As always, Kubrick never fails to deliver.
The story follows a young man in the United States Marines during the tumultuous Vietnam War as he completes the one of the most emotionally disturbing boot camps depicted in film. The Gunnery Sergeant Hartman employs some absolutely crude and hilarious verbal abuse that will leave a funny taste in your mouth.
Upon completing boot camp, the film delves deeper into the harsh realities of war and the leading man’s unique mission to question authority as the clever asshole he is and bring people some truth as a military journalist.
Not to mention, Kubrick is a genius. He takes inspiration from historic novels and turns them into a audiovisual gem. Aside from all of the deep and amazing sociopolitical statements made in “Full Metal Jacket”, the film offers a style of film making that has never been duplicated and never matched in its quality and style.