Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson made his directing return this year with Hacksaw Ridge, a war movie about a pacifist, this level of contradiction was surely worth a watch.

This movie goes some way towards repairing the damage of Gibson’s previous slurs and misdemeanors.

Gibson’s return marks ten years out of the director chair and when asked why he took up this project he replied Hacksaw Ridge is a “story well worth telling…..it’s a war film but it’s beyond that, it’s a love story,”.

The level of contrast between the love story on the homefront and the gore of  heated battle assures that this is a movie for all.

The movie traces the true story of war hero Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield,  as he battles with his religious conscience and his determination to be involved in the war.

Andrew Garfield as war pacifist Desmond Doss

Andrew Garfield plays the role with dignity and strength, armed with a great southern accent the former Spidey really paints the character perfectly.

The appearance of Vince Vaughan as sergeant Howell also adds a level of comic affect in the multifaceted movie.

Mr Vaughn plays the leader of Doss’s ragtag division, his display as hard love preparing the recruits for battle is both hilarious and real.

Doss’s love interest and later wife Dorothy Shutte is played by Aussie actress Teresa Palmer.

Ms Palmer puts in an emotional and gripping performance a far cry from that in the remake flop of Point Break in 2015.

It was a brave decision by Mr Gibson to make such a film of such contrast and conflict, from war to romance to comedy, so much various in genre……

But some how it works, from the loved up whirlwind story on the homefront to all to real scenes of blood and gore.

This movie is most certainly going to be added into the arsenal of war greats beside Saving Private Ryan and Platoon, even if it did not get this recognition at the Oscar’s with La La Land stealing the show.

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