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Oscars 2017: Hacksaw Ridge

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Movie info from RT:

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

My thoughts:

  • Hacksaw Ridge, I think, is the most formulaic Oscar nominee I’ve watch so far. War movie = check; appeal to the emotions = check; some intense acting = check;
  • However, I still enjoyed this movie so much. I think the movie was well made, it’s highly entertaining and acting was good.
  • Speaking of acting, Hugo Weaving was robbed a nomination. I think this is first time I really,  deeply appreciated him.
  • Again, speaking of acting, I think Andrew Garfield’s acting was a hit-and-miss. There were times when there seemed to be a perpetual smile on his face, so I got really confused on what emotion his character was trying to convey. However, there’s the potential. There was a scene when Andrew said nothing at all and he was just there acting and I cried because it was glorious acting.
  • The “war scenes” looked good and well-executed. There are TONS of very gory scenes, and there were bunch of intestines and severed legs and all, but it did not look cheap. The “war scenes” are probable among the best I’ve seen in a while.

Between La La Land and Hacksaw Ridge, I’d still pick La La Land, but I will not be mad if Hacksaw won, TBH.

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