Although ostensibly following Modine's character, Kubrick's detached style makes it difficult to care about him or any of the principal characters. Instead, the characters exist to serve a series of vignettes detailing the nature of war and the cost to the soldiers that are trained. This could be any war - substitute the jungle for the desert and you could also have the Iraq war. There are some memorable moments in this film which also feel disturbingly horrific and beautiful at the same time - the reveal of an enemy sniper, D'Onofrio's greeting in the bathroom, and the final shots of soldiers walking through a burning city - but then Kubrick certainly knows how to frame a shot. The occasional voiceover from Modine, however, feels completely unnecessary.
Modine's delivery is about as natural as a coconut palm in Fairbanks, but Kubrick turns-out another excellent meditation on the futility of war.
Innocence is lost forever…left on the ground by the corpses and their `Full Metal Jackets'.
I don't think I've met anyone who didn't love the first half of this film, but I have heard of people not liking the second half. While I like the first half more, I like it more by just a touch. The whole film is flat out amazing.
The thing about the first half that is amazing to me is how fast it moves. While watching this time, I looked down at the run time when it was finishing and noticed that 45min had gone by when it felt like 15. This section starts off humorous for sure. All the phrases used to put down the new soldiers make me laugh, and different reactions to them as well. Then, the longer we go into the sequence the more we start to feel how dark this is. The tone shift is wonderful, and sets you up for the halfway finale.
The second half does the same thing, but in a totally different context. Joker starts off using humor to deflect what he's feeling, but then by the end you really get into his emotion and personal conflict. That last major shot (no pun intended) makes you stay with him and his reactions instead of seeing everyone else.
Frankly, this is one of Kubrick's best films, and that is saying a lot.
Sir it's Brilliant movie, Sir!