There’s a lot of debate as to which the best Vietnam movie is. You’ve got Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Born on the 4th of July, Full Metal Jacket, and The Deer Hunter. I would say those quality as the top and if I’m missing one I am sorry but honestly if you’re thinking Vietnam movies do you ever leave one of these out? Surely not.
And of all those movies I think Full Metal Jacket does a fantastic job of explaining the psychotic mental nature of the war. Granted all the films have their craziness and show “what war can do to a man,” but FMJ perhaps does this a bit better than the rest. From Private Pile’s suicide to the nutty music and characters we see later on, I’m a huge fan of this movie.
One of the best examples of the psychotic nature I was speaking about is the character “Animal Mother” who is played by Adam Baldwin. He’s just a big, mean, scary, insane soldier who doesn’t care about killing and really doesn’t care about anything. He’s a true example of someone who just “let’s go” and allows the war to take over his psyche.
Kudos to Stanley Kubrick for having a character like this and a job well done by Baldwin who is a very underrated actor in his own right.
“Ya Seen much Combat?”
“Do ya walk the walk?”