Director: Michael Cimino
Just one shot
This three hour epic won five oscars, and I am not surprised as it is one of the few deserving films to do so. Christopher Walken and Robert Deniro play a couple of best friends, in a group of many that live in small town USA, the town is up in the mountains and its main source of industry is the local steel mill.
This is a blue collar town where the men run wild and the women live to get married and have a family. Three of the young men decide to enlist in the military and join the war effort in Vietnam. From then on things become very interesting and the story that plays out is one that is shocking and focuses on the horror of war and post traumatic stress disorder.
The film is an absolute masterpiece and has been recognized as one of the more poignant films of the 70’s. Walken doesn’t put a foot wrong and Deniro shines, although he does put in a couple of overly dramatic shoddy performances towards the end of the film.
I am brave (or stupid) enough to pick this masterpiece apart even though I hold it in extremely high regard. The wedding scene killed me, it felt like it was 30 minutes long and really wanted to hammer home the point of the love ,camaraderie,and seeming innocence of small town communities, this one primarily made up of european migrants.
Walken shined in this film, it was like watching a star being born and although De niro’s understated performance was beautiful to watch it didn’t really hold a candle to Christophers genius, commitment, personality and passion.
A film of this calibre is difficult to ignore and easy to admire on all levels, even the niggly bits can be easily forgiven. The Deer Hunter has held its own for over thirty years and unfortunately the film’s message is still relevant today.
I highly recommend viewing this film and can easily give it a solid 10 out of ten for brilliant drama and an ingenious plot which was so enthralling that It manages to capture audiences imagination over thirty years after it’s creation.
If you’re looking for a solemn viewing experience with social commentary that contains excellent performances then this film may interest you.
References, IMDB, Google images
- Cazale’s Swan Song: Watching “The Deer Hunter” For the First Time (smashenhurst.wordpress.com)
- The Deer Hunter (kidane123.wordpress.com)
- The Deer Hunter (myoldaddiction2.wordpress.com)
- The Deer Hunter (1978) (reelaffinity.wordpress.com)
- Blog 1: The Deer Hunter (cheryllforte.wordpress.com)
- No. 53: Just One Shot (dandgmoviecation.wordpress.com)