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11 Nov, 2016 1 hr 53 mins A
Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel
Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel
Ang Lee
Synopsis
Based on Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel, the satirical war drama revolves around the victory tour of 19-year-old Billy Lynn and his troop — members of US Army’s Bravo squad,
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Review:
Based on Ben Fountain’s 2012 novel, the satirical war drama revolves around the victory tour of 19-year-old Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) and his troop — members of US Army’s Bravo squad, who are felicitated for displaying extraordinary heroism in Iraq. Set in 2004, the film is told from the point of view of Billy and his inability to relate to civilians and their perception of war.

Review:
Once a soldier, always a soldier. The war may die down and the wounds may heal, but the scars last forever. Ang Lee's introspective film encompasses this brutal reality of a solider, who cannot leave the war behind him. The blood on his hands never allows him to be at peace, long after his duty is over.

Lee makes you value the relentless sacrifices these young men make for their country. You feel their plight and inner turmoil. They embrace the uncertainty of life, when just the thought of it can make anyone restless. You feel it all, including the spiritual bent that Ang Lee infuses to his story, reinstating your faith in god, goodness and yourself. The master director’s quintessential tendency to seek answers from the universe, reflects in his storytelling once again. However, this is not one of his strongest films. Jean-Christophe Castelli’s adapted screenplay struggles to juggle between past and present, making the film a tedious watch. The narrative is inconsistent in its approach towards its protagonist and his psychological conflict. The story wanders aimlessly most of the time and supporting characters aren't established enough for them to engage you emotionally.

Newcomer Joe Alwyn is effective in his rendition of a youngster, who is torn between his duties, moral obligations, family expectations and his own needs. The constant tussle between the choices he has made and the repercussions he must face is agonising. Kirsten Stewart is decent, but continues to deliver her dialogues without moving her lips.

Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the predicament of a decorated military hero in American Sniper was more hard-hitting. This one’s effective in portions, but falls short of holding your undivided attention.
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Many people said it is an anti-war movie,I don''t think so. This movie is far more than anti-war.Because it is not a rich story ,but a rich truth and an emotion. It doesn''t want to give you an opinion about what war is, but show you an emotion about a young man and a war. A so-called hero came back from Iraq, how is his life?<br/>In the real world, the truth and emotion are complicated. So it is hard to say what its theme is. Maybe the theme is to doubt our fake society Maybe the theme is to show the hero''s confused life. However, they are parts of this movie. It is more like a section of Billy''s life. He has family,battle companion, stranger and girlfriends. Sometimes he is distracted at his important moment,sometims all in front of him remind him of war. He sees and thinks.He might find that life is difficult to choose,finally he go back to the place where he belongs.<br/>If you can feel you are Billy Lynn, you can feel how ridiculous this society is.Nobody understands you,people see what they want to see.the sad thing is, you can change nothing but follow the direction of fate.<br/>If you don''t have sensory substitution,this movie is boring.<br/>From the beginning of Billy''s halftime show, I can''t help crying. I even can''t detail the reasons of my tears. The emotion is so strong, so complicate and so advanced. I feel so sad about Billy''s life.<br/>I think it is a good movie, not very fun, but revolutionary.
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Lee makes you value the relentless sacrifices these young men make for their country. You feel their plight and inner turmoil. They embrace the uncertainty of life, when just the thought of it can make anyone restless. You feel it all, including the spiritual bent that Ang Lee infuses to his story, reinstating your faith in god, goodness and yourself. The master director&rsquo;s quintessential tendency to seek answers from the universe, reflects in his storytelling once again. However, this is not one of his strongest films. Jean-Christophe Castelli&rsquo;s adapted screenplay struggles to juggle between past and present, making the film a tedious watch. The narrative is inconsistent in its approach towards its protagonist and his psychological conflict. The story wanders aimlessly most of the time and supporting characters aren''t established enough for them to engage you emotionally.<br/>Newcomer Joe Alwyn is effective in his rendition of a youngster, who is torn between his duties, moral obligations, family expectations and his own needs. The constant tussle between the choices he has made and the repercussions he must face is agonising. Kirsten Stewart is decent, but continues to deliver her dialogues without moving her lips.<br/>Clint Eastwood''s portrayal of the predicament of a decorated military hero in American Sniper was more hard-hitting. This one&rsquo;s effective in portions, but falls short of holding your undivided attention.
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