PLATOON Blu-Ray Reissue Attempts To Exorcise The Demons Of War — Moviejawn

It’s surprising that Letterboxd’s synopsis for writer-director Oliver Stone’s 1986 Vietnam film is so brief when the movie itself is so packed with moments the synopsis doesn’t capture. It’s a complicated movie with lots of moving parts and, some might suggest, a narrative that rejects any kind of direct plot; rather, the production introduces viewers to a number of components of the Vietnam experience, generally capturing singular moments from Chris’ experiences in Vietnam, eventually crystallizing into the famous image immortalized on the film poster. However, the film does not fail to elicit an emotional response even in these sometimes disconnected scenes.

At the heart of Chris’ journey is the naïveté he brings to this Heart of Darkness. His privileged life separates him from the complicated nature of Vietnam and the soldiers who fought there. He was not recruited to go there. He doesn’t understand the social dynamics that divide different soldiers and is therefore blinded by his own assumption that people will do the right thing when asked. Perhaps as he begins to understand the push and pull he is now a part of, Chris also doesn’t understand how precarious his moral foundation can be. like golding’s lord of the flies or Coppola apocalypse nowthe missive illuminates here tragically: “If you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks at you.”

And it’s a cold, steely look. Does Platoon one of the most provocative war films ever produced.

What features make it special?

Writer/director Oliver Stone’s audio commentary highlights how much of the film is truly autobiographical. Stone’s commentary frequently points out that many of the film’s characters are based on people he met in Vietnam, and the stories remain uncomfortably unchanged, overall. For this reason, it sometimes feels like Stone is chronicling his own wartime experiences rather than giving us deep insight into the filmmaking process, but it becomes increasingly apparent that, as good as he is. Platoon is, it may have been less about the process of making the movie and more about Stone absolving himself, justifying himself, whatever, again, it’s complicated, from the experience.

The documentary “One War, Many Stories” is also worth watching. This recorded conversation of Vietnam veterans who saw the film illustrates more about their experiences and how they continue to deal with it than the details of the film try to legitimize. But that’s the point: everyone’s experience of the war was different, and Stone’s film only captures Charlie’s (which is, effectively, Stone’s), but hearing about the consequences of this war on some veterans is a sobering experience for the viewer.

Why you need to add it to your video library:

Special features reign supreme here, illustrating many of the truths that we seem to have forgotten over time. The Vietnam conflict was a class war in which most of the American participants were from the lower class. In his commentary, Stone frequently reveals that the film captures an experience that the lived. It’s not the ultimate experience, Stone hints here, and that’s what makes the film effective. It doesn’t deprive anyone of their own experience or perspective, and perhaps for those viewers who don’t dig into the special features, be wary of Stone’s narrative. Fortunately, Stone includes a diverse cast with diverse backgrounds that hopefully aren’t lost on those particular viewers.

You also see so many familiar faces in Platoon that you have seen before in movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) and that you will see later in The doors (1991) and Breaking point (1986). Stone didn’t know it at the time, but he was making a film populated with everyday faces that we had come to know or would soon remember. neighbours. Family. And despite their impermanence here, because many of them wouldn’t make it home, they give a face to something that many of us would only understand as the alien landscape of war.

He says that even as we watch this otherworldly interaction, it still feels like home, if only sometimes.

Maybe that’s what makes it more painful.

Platoon is now available on Blu-ray here.

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