review: hacksaw ridge (2016)

SYNOPSIS (IMDB): WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 9.7/10

ACTING: 9.7/10 *
CINEMATOGRAPHY: 9.8/10
NARRATIVE/SCREENPLAY: 9.9/10 **
SCORE: 9.5/10

REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: As someone who appreciates war movies but rarely really loves them, this was probably one of my favourites this year.

* I’ve said this before when I watched 99 Homes, but I am SO HAPPY that Andrew Garfield is now taking on these more “serious” roles. He is such a strong actor that has been seriously overlooked in the past. Not anymore my friends, he is coming in strong – and I do believe he may have a good run come award season.

** I think the way this film unfolded was perfect. It was also the perfect length. Any longer would have made the film would drag on (Australia anyone?). Any shorter, and we would have been missing crucial points to the story, as well as the necessary time to develop our emotions.

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