Full Metal Jacket

“What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn’t mommy and daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?”

If you’ve ever wanted to get the feel of what it’s like to be a soldier, but without all that put-your-life-in-danger mess… well, plop yourself down and give Full Metal Jacket a few hours of your time.

The 1987 instant classic from Stanley Kubrick was pretty much as harrowing as war itself, plus–– you get the bonus of two, two, TWO movies in one!

The first half, anchored by R. Lee Ermey’s unforgettable portrayal of the Parris Island drill instructor, is chock-full of some of the most colorful insults ever spewed forth on film. The initiations of Privates Pyle, Joker, and Cowboy give us all an honest-to-goodness (we assume) look at Marine basic training. And it may very well make you want to avoid jelly doughnuts for the rest of your life.

Then, after Pyle’s premature demise, we head out to Vietnam, where the movie takes on the tone of a true war flick. Snipers are causing all kinds of havoc, the chopper rides are full of some particularly colorful characters (“Get some!”), and the streets of Da Nang are littered with hookers (“Me so horny!”).

Full Metal Jacket was one of the best-reviewed movies of 1987 (though, let’s be honest… we all like the first half better than the second half), and it launched Ermey into the stratosphere, fame-wise; he’s done everything from TV shows to video games, capping things off with his role as ‘Sarge’ in the Toy Story movies.

The movie itself had the misfortune of hitting theaters within only a few months of Platoon winning the 1986 Best Picture Oscar, so some of its thunder was stolen… but hey, we’ll keep singing its praises until the day we die.

“I am in a world of shit, yes… but I am alive, and I am not afraid.”

We ♥ Full Metal Jacket.

~ by weheart80s on February 20, 2012.

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