Full Metal Jacket
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
I was warming up to Kubrick after Barry Lyndon and The Shining, but he has displeased me once more with this. If he was still here, I am sure that would greatly upset him. Anyway let's talk about Platoon 2. I mean, Full Metal Jacket.
During the Vietnam War, a group of new Marine recruits begin their training. Our narrator is James "Joker" Davis, who wears a peace sign on his uniform and writes "Born to Kill" on his helmet. But those are two separate things??? Who is this man??? We are never going to figure out such brilliance so we better just move on. Anyway, their drill instructor is a horrifying man and after several traumatizing experiences, they are sent to Vietnam.
I thought this was very much your typical Vietnam movie, which was very disappointing. Even when I don't like him, Kubrick usually brings something new to the table and really, how was this that different from Platoon? I also hate this genre to begin with but perhaps if you are a fan, you wouldn't mind the rehashing.
This is Kubrick's last movie in The Book and I am quite sorry we ended on such a sour note. We were star crossed lovers from the start, as I was never going to like a Vietnam War movie anyway.
Anthony Michael Hall was originally going to play Private Joker but couldn't agree with Kubrick on a salary.