This weekend I had some time to watch Hacksaw Ridge. Truthfully I didn’t know there’s a war movie directed by Mel Gibson. Mel Gibson rarely disappoints. The movie was released November last year and I didn’t even know that until I heard the movie screening being announced on the radio. The movie is only screened this month in my country. I was so looking forward to Dunkirk that I lost sight of this beautiful movie. Give me any war based movie and paired with ‘based on a true story’, I’m sold! Just like that. At least, you get me to watch it regardless how bad the story line is because that’s for me to decide after I watch it. I love war based movie especially if it’s based on a remarkable true story like Hacksaw Ridge. I never knew I get to see another war movie as good as Saving Private Ryan.
Hacksaw Ridge didn’t disappoint. It was portrayed amazingly; the cinematography (no wonder it was nominated for Best Picture), the scripts (It was not cheesy or anything unrealistic), the story line (A tad religious though) and amazing casts. But at some point I still see Vince Vaughn as a funny guy, can’t help it. He was a real surprise too. Sam Worthington on the other hand, he’s with his usual style. Andrew Garfield however is the most surprising one. People said he was a miscast but I beg to differ. He was
pretty good great as Desmond Doss. I don’t know Desmond Doss but I would imagined him to be exactly as how Andrew Garfield carried himself in Hacksaw Ridge. You know a brave young man with full conscience and knows what he’s doing. A man struggling with the world with his own values. I don’t know what is it but Doss genuinely hit me emotionally throughout the film. I see bravery, honesty and sincerity. It was just in the right amount to tap into my emotion.
Mel Gibson knows what we want in a war movie. The strong graphic depictions of the war events blew me away. It was brutal but remains classic. Gore, violence but never unpleasant. Mind you, the movie was about 2 hours long but it was never a dull moment for me. I love how Doss’s character slowly unfolds from the beginning towards the end, Andrew Garfield made it believable to see how Doss became a true hero. What a courage! God bless a kind heart like that.
On another note, I have yet to watch Split. Heard good reviews about the film and James Mcavoy himself. I wanna watch it but too bad, the film is only shown in certain cinemas. Maybe I should get some time to watch it or else, just wait for HD version online. I don’t have any obligation to watch it in cinema. It’s only for Marvel movies. It’s a satisfaction for me to watch it in cinema 🙂