Mel Gibson returns to the Hollywood limelight in a powerful way. After being shunned from Hollywood, following his anti-Semitic comments and unflattering leaked audio tapes, falling in the good graces of both producers and viewers was a steep mountain to climb. Gibson, however, is intent on leaving a lasting impression, and he has reminded us that he is a great director. With Hacksaw Ridge, Gibson says “I am still here”.
Hacksaw Ridge, is a remarkable directorial effort. The acting performances are solid throughout. Its World War II background provides a backbone that is surprisingly tender at times. Hacksaw Ridge, takes its time to reach the extremely violent horrors of war. Surprisingly, it dedicates plenty of time to the romance between private Desmond Doss and nurse Dorothy Schutte. The romance is candid. It provides light hearted moments that you should to save, because the second half takes a turn for the violent.
War never changes
War is horrible, and Gibson’s ability in being shockingly violent is jarring at times. When the violence starts, it does not pull any punches, it can be too much for some. Gibson, though, shines during the battlefield scenes, which are chaotic, emotional and repeatedly shout at you that World War II was not pretty. Save for some obvious green screen scenes, it’s impossible to stay indifferent to Hacksaw Ridge’s visuals.
There are two amazing performances. I will start with my favorite, Hugo Weaving is simply spectacular as a World War I veteran. We have seen Weaving in many familiar and beloved characters: Mr. Smith in Matrix, V in V for Vendetta, Elrond in Lord of the Rings, to name a few. It is refreshing to see him portray a complex character with depth. Andrew Garfield brings his A game here, the heavy and light hearted moments are delivered perfectly. As the lead in Hacksaw Ridge, he had a big responsibility on his shoulders and he doesn’t disappoint, quite the contrary.
Is it Oscar worthy?
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Hacksaw Ridge received one or two Oscar nods. The directing, the acting performances and the World War II setting, are all good catalysts for the Oscar race. It’s definitely an amazing return to form for Gibson. Watch it!
I wouldn’t be surprised if Hacksaw Ridge received one or two Oscar nods, the directing, the acting performances and the World War II setting, are all good catalysts for the Oscar race. It’s definitely an amazing return to form for Gibson. Watch it!