Movie: Hacksaw Ridge
Direction: Mel Gibson
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematographer: Simon Duggan
Editor: John Gilbert
Genre: Drama, History, War
What is it about: It’s a biographical war drama based on the experiences of Desmond Doss during World War II. The film is directed by Mel Gibson with Andrew Garfield as the lead.
Why it’s disappointing: This could definitely stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: You can most definitely say, that it’s one of the best war drama’s ever made. It’s so composed that you relate with every frame and feel the pain of the characters in the film. Making a film on War is not new in Hollywood, but to infuse an emotion in the audience is a trivial task which Mel Gibson perfected in “Hacksaw Ridge”. The film beautifully portrays the experiences of Desmond Doss and his methods which were denied by many and was even put for a trial. The journey it takes you is packed with such an emotional drama to which you don’t mind shedding tears for.
Every character in the film was etched to perfection, and the lead Andrew Garfield was shining all the way with glory. He’s now officially in the league of The Gentlemen and a heavy contender for Academy Awards. He did the role with such diligence that you start to feel the pain of Desmond in real. A fantastic job indeed.
That was well backed by Sam Worthington as Captain Glover with Hugo Weaving as Tom Doss. The surprise package was Vince Vaughn in the role of Sergeant Howell, he was witty and brought mild relief in this high tensed drama.
War dramas always have a sweet romance laced to it, and this one was pretty sweetest, which was crowned with commendable Teresa Palmer, who was perfect for the role.
The film being a war drama, throws a brutal light on the combats and the sacrifices made by the soldiers. You literally flinch looking at the brutality. The prosthetics in the film were done extremely well, which brought a great authenticity to it. The action was well choreographed and synchronized, which hits you hard displayed on the silver screen.
The film had amazing cinematography by Simon Duggan, who was at his best and made the viewing experience seamless with sharp eye for detail. And that was fiercely edited by John Gilbert. All this was perfectly enveloped with spectacular VFX and a gripping score from Rupert Gregson-Williams.
Verdict: Mel Gibson did an exceptional job in etching the character of Desmond Doss played by Andrew Garfield. And he most definitely brought all the elements to a perfect level that drew applause in many scenes in the second half and most definitely a standing ovation in the end by the audience. A personal request, please do not miss this one on the big screen, catch it soon at a cinema near you.