The Deer Hunter (1978)
Title: The Deer Hunter
Genre: Drama | War |
Runtime: 183 min
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
AN ORIGINAL POST-WAR-DRAMA WITH EMOTIONS
THAT HIT YOU IN THE GUT
The Deer Hunter is classic war-drama from 1978. With actors like Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep it never gets boring. Even if it’s Streep’s first big role, it’s never noticeable. When three of five men gets determined to travel to Vietnam for the war, a wedding that takes place in the first hour of the runtime is also a farewell to some of the men leaving.
Director Michael Cimino has created a long-running, intense and emotional film which delves in character-development and the affect of being a post-war veteran and on a small town. With big emotions and gives it a deep impact. The film examines the men’s friendship before they travel. It gives the effect to really bond with these characters and see how they’re working together.
Michael played by De Niro and Nick played by Walken is the main character. Both give a stellar performance. Walken’s performance is top-notch during the whole film. The impact of the war affects them all different. Michael tries to be smart and helps his friends, while some characters die tragically. There’s a focus on Russian roulette with one bullet in the gun. And when this scene is introduced, most of the film spends a lot of time to explore even more of the roulette. The direction is good, even if it spends a lot of time in the town, it’s good. It helps you understand these character better and when deer hunting, they showcase the difference between these character in a dignified way.
Robert De Niro has a way to understand the characters he’s portraying, and this is not an exception. He gives the character meaning and brings him to life. While this is early in his career, it proves what talent is. Christopher Walken gives a really interesting performance. He’s astute and provides you with a character that smart and interesting at the same time it’s hunting beautifully, especially by the end of the film. He was awarded for best Oscars for the Best supporting role at the time and you can see in this feature why his contribution was awarded. Besides his award, the film won also four others. Best Picture included.
Compared to Apocalypse Now, it was great edited, and the continuity is good. Even if the second act wobbles a little, with the jump cut and so on but in overall the editing is noticeable great and deserves the recognition it has had. This is a film that is not recognized very much which is sad. It’s better than Apocalypse Now and filmgoers should appreciate this classic original masterpiece more.