Have you ever watched a movie at 11:30 in the morning that you couldnt stop thinking about until 10:00 at night? This is true for me when I watched The Deer Hunter.
This movie was very difficult for me to watch because I am very sensitive to real-life stories and hardships. There were many scenes where I had to turn my head to shield myself from the blood or murder. This movie brought to life the Vietnam War, which I had regarded as just another war to add to the long list of wars ever fought. It showed me the conditions American, South Vietnamese, and the Vietcong went through, along with the aftermath the war had on individual people and communities.
Probably the most difficult scene to watch was towards the middle of the movie. The three of them were captured by Vietcong soldiers, and brought to a Vietcong station, where the prisoners were being made to play Russian Roulette. Just seeing the faces of the prisoners and hearing the laughing of the Vietcong made me realize how horrible it must have been for everyone involved in the war.
It made me depressed to see how the American soldiers had so much ranking in another peoples country. Although there were South Vietnamese soldiers fighting alongside the Americans, I could tell that their status was lower because they had dark hair and a Vietnamese name. When Nicky went into the Vietnamese bar and nightclub, the women in there treated them royally (they wanted something in return, of course). The North Vietnamese seemed like they were not even people in the American soldiers eyes. When the soldiers were in North Vietnam, they would shoot any civilian, man, woman, child, baby, anybody.
You can see how, in Vietnam, the three main characters, Mike, Nick and Steve, would shoot at anyone, just like the other soldiers. Earlier, there was a shoot of them Deer Hunting. Mike had taken his hunting very seriously; it almost was like a religion to him. In this scene, he explained how you could only use one shoot on a deer or else you loose him. To, us, they viewers, it seemed like his religion was ruined by his experiences. Apparently, the one shot rule didnt apply to human beings. He would fire several bullets, often with no knowledge of where they were headed. After, we hear Steve say to Mike Have you done any Deer Hunting? To me, the idea of Mike going Deer hunting after all of his painful experiences seemed horrible.
This movie is similar, yet different to the movie Born on the Forth of July. Born on the Forth of July showed more of the affects of the Veteran after they war and how the people in his community didnt see him as a hero, like they did to the WWII veterans, but as savages. This movie showed more of the actual war and they horrible, horrible hardships of everybody.
This movie gave me a little taste of what it was like to be alive, even, at the time of this war. I couldnt imagine going through the war, through the water, through the crowds of people and through the death of you friends and enemies. This movie gave more respect for the war Veterans, who I too would have regarded as somewhat inhumane before.