“Hacksaw Ridge” is a complicated film. Many have complained of Andrew Garfield playing his role a little too wide-eyed. I find that to be a misread. The film plays like a Jimmy Stewart movie splattered with realism. Through looks back into his past, working with his fellow soldiers and trying to survive War…we see a man emerge. Gibson does amazing work striking the right balance between old-fashioned faithful and modern terror. When compared to the rest of Gibson’s directing output, I find this film to be the most approachable.

Over the last few months, it has been interesting to see how younger people respond to the film. Most find it corny, while others can’t quite put a finger on the style choices. To those viewers, I recommended checking out “Sergeant York” as a double feature. But, the modern audience is a weird thing to pinpoint. When a war film about a pacifist trying to make sense of life during wartime exists, the naive can’t process it. Think of it like cultural A/B testing.

If Mel Gibson makes a film about a Pacifist learning the necessity of War and human dignity, then did you watch a war film? Desmond Doss was a hero and he’s a guy that doesn’t fit nicely into political boxes. Presenting an unheard voice without a Left-Wing campaign behind it always leaves the mainstream confused. But, hang back and enjoy a world where films like this can exist.


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