Review: 9 out of 10 stars.
There was not a single wasted minute. Story was tightly linked with impressive editing, making it flow from 1 scene to the next without confusion. Mel Gibson has again proved to be able to move the audience with meticulous storytelling skills, layering with all the human touch in between.
Casting of Andrew Garfield was surprisingly good. His more gentle outside but expressed so much perseverance had shined through the whole film. Vince Vaughn was another big surprise, with his generally comedy based flicks, one could not easily imagine him being cast in such a serious war movie, yet his bantering with Garfield scenes were so natural with the bromance and emotional side of brotherhood. The lines between them were funny, making it a silverlining sweetness in such a difficult time.
Orchestra background music was to the point, bringing the audience to the heightened sense of hope. The scenery was to the point and fight sequences were almost too much to digest with the violence.
The Japanese scene close to the end was difficult to watch, even it was historically accurate.
Keywords: war, biography, history, drama, moviereview
— Spoiler Ahead —
The last scenes of the Japanese who committed seppuku (honor suicide) were not easy to watch but definitely drew the audience to the edge, wondering if it is truly better to win a war, or to save lives.