Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

2016

Action / Drama / War

114
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 44%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 17478

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Kristen Stewart as Kathryn
Vin Diesel as Shroom
Steve Martin as Norm
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1hr 53 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cineconnoisseur 5 / 10

A real head scratcher.

To summarize, I feel like that Randy Jackson's words from the Geico commercial sum it up best: "yo check it out dawg, that was just alright for me. I mean you got the walk, you got the stance, but I wasn't feeling this. You gotta come a little harder, you gotta figure it out. Ehhhhhh I don't know."

The visual effects in the movie were much more amazing than the movie itself, especially during the half-time show. Even after the movie's concluded I find myself sitting here, wondering and thinking just what the movie was supposed to accomplish and did it do it? Certain aspects of the movie are touching and heart-felt, while a majority fail to stick the landing they were going for. The ending fight scene was ridiculous and if a gun was fired inside a building in a crowded stadium, someone would've gone to jail for it, no matter their rank. I understand the need to want to create drama, but let's color in the lines and not over-exaggerate (i.e. the soldiers act more like a group of frat boys than they do actual soldiers). I'll circle back to the cinematography - it was truly top notch and the war scenes were alluring, but it seems like there's a ton of build-up to the half-time show and while thats visually the best part of the movie, it just seems like there was no substance otherwise.

Reviewed by Chunyi Hsu 6 / 10

Ambitious film that did not quite deliver

The major failure of the film is the unconvincing portrayal of military staff and war scenes. If the goal is to take the audience to a tour into the emotions and point of view of a 19-year-old soldier who became a war hero, the details must be accurate in a realistic sense. This is true even if the discussion does not focus on the battle itself. As a tradition of Ang Lee, the scenes are shot with great clarity and contrast in colour; however, while it works well for movies such as 'the Life of Pi', it really undermines the military scenes. The physical or even verbal fights with civilians could not have broken out under the circumstances in the film, either. Those are just two of the more obvious problems.

There are many important topics which were touched upon; however, the delivery, again, is underwhelming. The problem with the rather risky strategy narrating the story purely through interweaving memory flashbacks and reality is that it is hard for the audience to build emotion connection with the characters and develop thoughts on topics. However, the film is inherently difficult to shoot due to the very limited substance in the combat experience of the protagonist. It is realistic, as the combat today is mostly fought in skirmishes. The film could just as easily become bland using more conventional approach.

With that said, the film overall matches my personal experience in military- when inside, I often thought about my civilian life, but once I was out, I felt 'foreign' and had frequent memory flashbacks of the my military experiences. I think the film captures that pretty well. I also thought that the film, as a tradition of Ang Lee perhaps, does not intend to deliver any message, but rather, focuses on the human side of the characters without passing judgment. His films can be quite philosophical. This is why I think the analysis focusing on 'the message' or 'the story line' is missing the point.

Overall, I think Ang Lee was quite ambitious, using an unorthodox way to narrate and new equipment to film a story that might be difficult to resonate with many of the viewers, and could easily draw critique from the military and veteran communities. I respect him for pushing boundaries. It was also a high quality production in many ways. However, I do think that this film has unfortunately left much to be desired.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

feeling fake

The war in Iraq is not going well and support for the war is fading. Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) is a 19 year old soldier from Texas. He is caught on camera in a heroic but failed attempt to save his sergeant Shroom Breem (Vin Diesel). He and his squad are brought back to America to do a hero's tour. Promoter Albert (Chris Tucker) is trying to sell their story for a Hollywood movie. Norm Oglesby (Steve Martin) is the war-supporting Dallas football team owner. He has invited the boys to join the patriotic halftime show. Billy falls for cheerleader Faison Zorn (Makenzie Leigh). In flashbacks, he spends time with his family and his older sister Kathryn (Kristen Stewart). The family is in medical debt after she suffered severe injuries. Her fiancée abandoned her due to her disfigurement which led to Billy vandalizing his car. In order to escape prosecution, he joined the Army. Anti-war Kathryn is guilt-ridden and desperate for Billy to leave the fighting.

I can see compelling aspects of Flags of Our Fathers within this Ang Lee movie. First of all, casting newcomer Joe Alwyn has its appeal and accompanying pitfalls. He has that ah-schucks All-American heroism but his lack of star power makes him blend in with the rest of the squad. Lee fails to alleviate that by filming him by himself. He only stands out when he first gets together with his sister Kathryn. I really like their chemistry. The risk caused some problem but ends up with a good payoff. It could have been handled better.

The other casting problem is Steve Martin. He doesn't fit this character. It's very fake and the fake Dallas Cowboys do not help. The fakeness devalues the serious message of the movie. They even have the fake Destiny's Child. It infects other aspects of the surrounding story. The clash with the roadies and the halftime PTSD could have been more visceral but everything is off. It's not quite real.

There is also Lee's use of high frame rate. It doesn't look bad on DVD but I understand some complained about the theatrical viewing. There may be a powerful journey in the source material but the movie is off and it only achieves greatness in short little bursts. This is a misstep by award winning Lee.

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