Friday, November 11, 2005

Jarhead thoughts

Well, I decided in honor of the USMC's Birthday and Veteran's Day that it would be a perfect time to treat myself to a movie and Panera after a long, crappy birthday week. And yes, I took my Panera into the movie.

I saw Jarhead and I must admit.....Military movies turn me on! This should come as no surprise to those of you that know me that I'm a sucker for a man in uniform :) The sweaty soldiers, shower scenes, oh, okay, back to my post. I feel I cannot give a honest review because I can stare at any soldier doing anything for hours and enjoy it...but I'll give it a try.

I knew what to expect going into the movie. I wasn't expecting another "Saving Private Ryan" or "Full Metal Jacket" so I appreciated it for what it was....a story of one soldier's experience in the first Iraq War. I thought it would be tough to accept Jake Gyllenhaal as a Marine after seeing him in Bubble Boy, but he bulked up and did an outstanding job. Lucas Black as Kruger and Peter Sarsgaard as Troy were good too....and hot as all hell.

I do like a good battle scene as much as the next, uh, guy, but that's the thing with telling a true story....there is a lot of "Hurry and Wait" in War and not everything is so glamorous.

NOW FOR THE MAIN THING THAT BUGGED ME: All the Marines did the whole time was bitch about how they didn't see any action, never got to fire their weapons, and didn't get to kill anyone. Thinking about my friend who recently returned from Iraq, they don't know how lucky they were. He engaged in several fire fights and saw over a dozen of his friends killed. I bet he'd trade his experiences for those in Jarhead. Sure his battalion did a lot of good and slaughtered lots of awful terrorists but at the cost of his friend's lives and has many years of nightmares to come. I guess I can chalk the whining of the Marines in the movie up to boredom and wanting to help our country instead of sit around and masturbate all day.

All and all, I liked the movie. The cast was fully loaded with gorgeous men, all sweaty and muddy, wearing sexy Marine uniforms and carrying automatic weapons. The shower scene was delightful too. So I do suggest this film to any ladies out there who have a "military fetish" as they refer to in the movie. For those of us who like a good "shoot 'em up, blow 'em up" war epic, this is not for you. It stayed relatively non-political and I can appreciate that.

59 Comments:

At 3:08 AM , Blogger pappy said...

My son a former Marine said they were glad on the days that they didnt have to fire their weapon.

 
At 8:27 AM , Blogger Eddie said...

Ya, I read that marines said what was shown was nothing like real marine life. Therefore, I will wait until it comes out on DVD, if I watch it at all.

 
At 9:12 AM , Blogger Horny Old Guy said...

Military movies rarely if ever get it right! Everybody seems to be mentioning all the masturbation talk in this film. Maybe things have changed but in my service days, we rarely talked about or even admitted we jerked off. It was something many of us did when could find the privacy (which could be difficult in the service!) but we didn't blab about it all day. Probably just a script writer's idea to liven up the dialog in what sounds like a dull film to me.

 
At 10:12 AM , Blogger Tori said...

I was told by Marines that the movie showed them as immature and undisciplined and thats not what they are at all.

 
At 12:24 PM , Blogger sandy said...

What a relief! I thought maybe it was just me, but I did not like the way the Marines were protrayed (or betrayed) in jarhead.

Hollywood panders to a certain audience, but I think they got it wrong this time. Nobody in the theatre were clapping or showing any kind of approval. I left the show feeling really let down and have to say:" I did not like it at all."

 
At 1:04 PM , Blogger crossingguard69 said...

Well my friends older brother was in Desert Storm and him and all his friends there said that the movie was a mirror image of his time served. Of course they would be anxious to fight tori, they voluntered to go to war because they wanted to help, they didnt sign up to just sit and chill for a year...Im sure in retrospect all of the people who fought in Vietnam would have rather had not fired a round, but if they didnt, they wouldnt have contributed to the war. If I were to inlist in the army I wouldnt want to wait around for nothing to happen, I might as well just stay home...I thought it was a great movie that showed due immaturity (sp?) that is indicative of how I (a person of the same age) would most likely have responded to the same position, remember, they are still kids...Tori, imagine me in that spot and think to yourself if that was an accurate portrayal of what I would be like. I mean what else were they supposed to do, sit and not have fun for a year? They are 20 year olds who have no way of getting girls or booze easily, solitaire can only hold you for so long....i think all of you twenty somethings and older have forgotten what it was like to have energy

 
At 2:41 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

CC69,
Forgotten what it was like to have energy? I have more energy now than when I was sleeping on my couch in College with a hangover watching the hours pass by.

 
At 5:02 PM , Blogger Tori said...

touche funboy.

 
At 10:12 PM , Blogger Gyrobo said...

As a robot, I'm not programmed to watch movies. Instead, I merely absorb them through the magical process of osmosis.

Describe for me the plot of the film, so that I may have sustenance!

 
At 6:51 PM , Blogger sandy said...

gyrobo, No plot but here's the bacis.
1: marine goes to boot camp and masterbates all the time.
2:marine goes to saudia arabia and masterbates all the time.
3:desert storm starts while marines are masterbating.
4:marines march through burning oil fields and masterbate
4:war ends, marines get drunk, take off clothes, shoot guns in air and masterbate.
The End.

 
At 7:32 PM , Blogger Tori said...

don't forget they they are hot

 
At 10:13 PM , Blogger sandy said...

Sorry tori, I did not find them hot. I'm not that kind of guy!

PS word correction(basic)

 
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