A Disappointing Continuation
I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.
let's go back to the safe place, so let's go back to the war. How ironic yet how true. Ode to human souls. That's what makes Ang Lee's movies always interesting to watch. Keep questioning everything ppl take for granted and keep exploring the loneliness of human beings. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is definitely one of the best scripts in 2016.Seriously, what a shame for IMDb to have such a low rating of such a quality movie.
Gre da Vid
Improbable and unnecessary occurrences throughout the script, thus making the film rather silly. Some interaction that more closely resembled reality during the "real time" portion of the film would have given it a much more credible and believable outcome. The flashbacks were handled well and did, at least, provide some rationale for "present" time meaning.
Every generation has its own war and war heroes. Every administration has its own old men with hidden agenda in sending their youngs into battles in foreign lands (whether overtly or covertly). The American public has a chronic collective amnesia when it comes to the subject of wars. Ever since we started with the Independence War, we've entered numerous wars without learning any lessons from our past wars. History tends to repeat itself, especially when we as a nation are not even aware of our own history. The current wars that we are engaging are the direct results of old men with hidden agenda sending their young ones into hell while making political and business deals in order to keep themselves in power,at the same time enriching their friends.In wars, there are no heroes... rather, just ordinary men trying to stay alive while taking care of each others. Ask any Medal of Honor recipient. In the White House, there are no patriots... rather, just old men trying to stay in power while taking care of their friends. Really, ask any politician who is up for re-election... or any ex-politician.By the way, this movie reminds me of Courage Under Fire (Meg Ryan), and Casualties of War (Michael J. Fox). War movies with a real sense of truth to the situation.
The politics of war are incredibly complex, and the human cost is disturbingly high. There are no wonder why those who give up their lives to fight oversea are honored with great dignity. But the big question in this war drama directed by Oscar Winner Ang Lee is: Are we honoring these soldiers the right way? That is an idea that this film takes a dive in, but not with enough impact. Lee's approach to the absorbing topic is too shallow of emotional touch. The greatest accolade Lee acquires in this picture is allowing it to shine with a unique visual innovation, and that is shooting the film with an unheard-of frame rate of 120 FPS to capture the immense atmosphere of the war sequences. It is a technological achievement that powerfully shows how far Hollywood has advanced in technological. Seeing this movie at a theater with an unusual frame rate that high is an alarmingly tough get as there are only six theaters around the globe that include this, with only two of these theaters planted in the United States. Set in 2004, this follows 19-year old Billy Lynn (played by Joe Alwyn), an Army specialist returning home from active duty in Iraq with his fellow squad members. On the day of a Thanksgiving home game at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, Billy, honored as a hero for his duty, and his squad members are brought together on a victory tour during the halftime show. During the tour, Billy is hit with flashbacks of the tragedies that occurred during the battle in Iraq including the death of his friend Staff Sergeant Shroom (played by Vin Diesel) as opposed to the American citizens fantasized perceptions of what they think happened over there. Along the way, he finds his heroism manipulated by film producers Norm (played by Steve Martin) and Albert (played by Chris Tucker) who are trying to land a movie deal out of the events that squadron's faced.Based on the novel by Ben Fountain, this drama capitalizes on themes of patriotism and honor, and opens light on social issues that run between the grim realities of war and the distorted views of active combat by citizens back at home. The primary concern here deals with home civilians including the media exploiting the heroism soldiers acquire during active duty overseas, simply for our own personal gain. As disconcerting as it is, one thing this film proves is that unless you have been in active combat, you have little or no idea of what it is realistically feels like being in active combat overseas. Director Ang Lee makes an engaging point out of this concept. But alongside, the film also introduces these contradictions on how soldiers are celebrated by citizens for their active duty, yet people all over America continue to disdain war as an unnecessary bargain; an idea that the story never fully explores. From there on, the story slips into a jumbled mess and offers little emotional touch to the point where viewers are left with no impact. The film's emotional highpoints stand during the flashbacks of the title character and his squad fighting in Iraq which are powerfully shot and executed in authenticity. It's too bad that these scenes only make up a small portion of the near-two- hour runtime, while the majority the picture follows Billy and his squadron walking through the stadium during the halftime show with Destiny's Child performing and fireworks going off. If this manages to wring anything out of the story's framework other than its absorbing ideas, it is the performances, particularly Joe Alwyn as Billy and Kristen Stewart as his older sister, given the opportunity to flex her acting muscles. The rest of the cast offer some good on screen presences, operating with a sense of cynicism and humility. Looking for something Oscar- worthy though, you are probably better off looking elsewhere.Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a shallow war drama that fails to arrest viewers with its timely themes and Ang Lee's scattershot approach to an otherwise thoughtful examination of its eponymous character versus America's fantasized perceptions of war. Although the final product is disappointingly forgettable, some may admire Ang Lee's effort on embracing the film with his visual innovation. However, its a technological effort that is too early to introduce in major theaters at this point.