I Finally Watched ‘Full Metal Jacket’

by on May 12, 2012

in Entertainment

Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 movie from Stanley Kubrick and stars Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey and quite a few others.

Matthew Modine in 'Full Metal Jacket'

In the movie, we follow Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis (Modine) from boot camp all the way into the street fighting in 1968 Vietnam.  Modine’s character has an interesting duality, where his battle helmet reads “Born to kill,” while he wears a peace symbol on his vest.

Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Matthew Modine in 'Full Metal Jacket'

We watch characters break and others become emotionally invested in the process of war.  R. Lee Ermey‘s role of the Drill Instructor was exactly as one might think a hard-assed DI would be… and yet, as nasty as he was to the boys, you also know he’s doing it for their own good in the long run…  and I was bummed to see the Drill Instructor get shot.

It’s a pretty interesting movie that have very little glitz and a ton of gritty reality.  There are no real heroes in this movie… just the experiences of our boys dealing with the war and the different situations they found themselves in… each one, new, different and dangerous in a different way.

'Full Metal Jacket' retrospective review

The settings are wonderfully done, the characters are fascinating to watch and this movie is one of those pieces of work that will be a timeless dedication to the horrors of war.  Plus as the movie aired, I was catching movie phrases that I’ve been hearing as quoted for quite a few years.

Full Metal Jacket is a pretty engaging movie, to say the least.  And yes, I finally saw it.  (I’m a little late to this party.)

( Full Metal Jacket on Amazon  )

As you all know, Stanley Kubrick was the mind behind some pretty significant movie events in the entertainment industry:

There’s obviously

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Director, Writer (screenplay), Producer;

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) – Director, Writer (screenplay), Producer;

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Director, Writer (screenplay), Producer, Special Photographic Effects Designer, Special Photographic Effects Director;

A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Director, Writer (screenplay), Producer;

The Shining (1980) – Director, Writer (screenplay), Producer;

Eyes Wide Shut – Director, Writer (screenplay) (1999) [Did you know that Kubrick played a tiny part as a bearded cafe patron in this movie?);

Other projects he left with us included the 1960 movie Spartacus; 1962’s Lolita, & the 1956 movie, The Killing.

Kubrick, through the years, has won 35 awards and nominated 47 other times. –

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Matthew Modine went on from FMJ and was in other movies such as  Memphis Belle, Pacific Heights (1990), Short Cuts (1993), Cutthroat Island (1995), Notting Hill (1999), Any Given Sunday (1999), Transporter 2 (2005), & Girl in Progress (2012).

Modine will be seen in the upcoming movies, The Dark Knight Rises, Family Weekend and The Rocking Horsemen.

Adam Baldwin has been in a few movies since in some smaller and not so small parts:  Predator 2, Radio Flyer, Wyatt Earp, 1996’s Independence Day, The Patriot, & 2005’s Joss Whedon film, Serenity.  Also on TV, he was most recently in the cult hit TV series, Chuck and a great, tongue-in-cheek part in Castle.

Personally, I like Baldwin’s militaristic presentations and his tough guy routine.  It would be nice to see him land another fun role in a great movie or TV series.

Vincent D’Onofrio went on from this war movie and was in Adventures in Babysitting, 1991’s JFK, Ed Wood, Strange Days, 1997’s Men In Black, The Thirteenth Floor, 2006’s The Break-Up, Brooklyn’s Finest & Kill the Irishman.

He has several films coming up… Supreme Ruler, Fire with Fire, Chained, Chlorine and of course, he’s been in the hit TV series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

R. Lee Ermey has been in a ton of movie projects over the years and he’s just best known for that stern, military commanding voice of his.  Since FMJ, he’s had roles in Toy Soldiers, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, 1995’s     Se7en, voiced a role in the Toy Story franchise, The Frighteners, & the new The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.

Arliss Howard moved on from Full Metal Jacket and had roles in Tequila Sunrise, The Sandlot, Natural Born Killers, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Awake and the recent hit film, Moneyball.

He’s been in the popular TV series, Medium and Rubicon.

This has been a Cinema Static (on Brusimm) Classic Reflections piece!

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