Eng 102 Essay 3
Platoon: Scott Jensen
The first casualty of war is innocence. A movie written by Oliver Stone portrays this casualty of war in an excellent fashion. Many wars in the earlier days were only viewed in a photographed design. A narrator would speak to the audience, and pictures of war would be shown. In Oliver Stone’s movie Platoon, he shows the audience the true face of war. Platoon is the Vietnam War as it really was: mean, ferocious, deadly, real. And, in the hands of a Vietnam combat veteran (decorated with a Bronze Star) Oliver Stone, it is an unforgettable movie experience. Many movie producers have put glory inside their war movie plots. Any war veteran will tell us that there is no glory in war, only fear, and mixed emotions. He displays all of the emotions in a wartime event. He demonstrates that there is no glory in war, and displays it in a very real warlike fashion. He shows the conflicts within the two platoons, and shows the breaking point of sanity turn to insanity among the soldiers. Additionally, the movie captures the essence of war in the vision of a soldier. Many movies in the past hundred years haven’t been able to produce this vision. The movie Platoon allows the audience to feel and understand war through the eyes of a soldier.
While some films glorify war, Oliver Stone shows that there is no glory in war, only fear and mixed emotions. War changes people’s lives in a variety of ways. Some soldiers die at a young age or are severely disfigured by the war. Others can become mentally unstable and have a very hard time adapting back into society when they come back from the war. There is nothing glamorous about fighting in a war. Pearl Harbor, a movie with a love story and a bunch of cheering by the Americans when they started to defeat the enemy. It was more of a feel good war movie with no realistic aspects of war. Platoon did everything but glorify war. The fighting in the jungle is about...