What I watched: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

How I watched it: library-rented DVD

Snacks: Caeser salad
good_morning_vietnam_xlgSynopsis: In the early months of the Vietnam conflict, a new military radio DJ tries to liven things up in the sound booth and on the streets.

Why I watched: This is part of the 1001-movies-to-see-before-you-die list and I haven’t seen it, and I have been in the mood for the first time ever to watch all those must-see Vietnam movies.

Notes: This movie was fine but really left me feeling “meh.”

I’m not sure how else a Vietnam War-set comedy could exist, but to feature none of the War whatsoever. But as a result this seemed like a very vanilla version of a very upsetting war.

This is ironic because the reason the protagonist, Adrian (Robin Williams) gets into so much trouble is for trying to broadcast the real news headlines about how bad the war really is, and this is precisely what has been omitted in this film.

The love story lacked feeling and it never felt like the stakes were all that high. There is one scene near the end where Adrian’s young Vietnamese friend Tuan calls Adrian (ie. America) out on their participation in this war, but it is very brief and the implications forgotten immediately.

All in all the only thing really going for this movie is a decent performance by Williams, so if you’re a big fan of him, then you might like this movie. I like him but that wasn’t enough for me.

Recommend: Not unless you are a big Robin Williams fan.


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