mercredi 7 décembre 2016

Hacksaw Ridge — An amazingly well-told story of World War II — 9*/10

  • Overall: Much better than the previews let on. A captivating story from end to end. A superb work by director Mel Gibson.
  • Who is it for? Anyone not afraid of violence.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Known actors: Andrew Garfield, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn and Sam Worthington.
  • Setting: Working class America and one World War II Pacific island battle.
  • Style: An inspiring war movie and biography.
  • Pacing: Nice and smooth transition from one event to the other, slowly cranking up the heat.
  • Intro: It's probably its most grievous weakness. The initial scene is an overused stratagem that is not used to its best here.
  • Story: I was riveted. I forgot I was in a theater. Let me be clear, though, all the elements of a cheesy story are there, but they're deconstructed, or maybe I should simply say they were put back together for the benefit of the preview. In a way it's a good thing, because by watching the it, you're not spoiled the really delicious elements. No single things follow the usual script, they're always a wild card or . It's touching, it's gut wrenching, it will make you spill a few tears. It's inspiring.
  • Ending: Solid. Worthy of fiction.
  • Epilogue: One of the rare occasions where I didn't mind the comparison with the real people.
  • Dialogs: Great.
  • Characters: Amazing. Great depth and well rendered. Even though the main character is religious, it doesn't turn into a preachy flick. More than that, even though those are American troops, it doesn't turn into a USA rally. It's a personal story. The story of one man dedicated to his principles and the battalion he's in with.
  • Acting: Can't ask for more. Near perfect.
  • Visuals: Excellent.
  • Special Effects: They're good, but there are a number of occasions that you do feel that you are in a studio. Hugo Weaving’s best performance to date. Probably not Vince Vaughn's most convincing, but pretty good.
  • Afterthoughts: I wasn't going to see it because it looked preachy and full of clichés. I would have missed a gem.