Jarhead

A Film Review By Jason L. King

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Rated: R for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content

Final Grade:

Box Office Bullet Points: The Movie In A Nutshell

*Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) has never let me down yet!

*Is this supposed to make me feel patriotic? I’m not sure!

*Acting is outstanding and wonderfully compliments Mendes’ vision

*Semed a bit lenghty for a 2 hour film

Mendes scores again with Jarhead! This film looks great and is filled with many of the great “far off into the distance” slightly out of focus horrizon shots I’ve come to love Mendes for. Mendes does a great job of giving us an outstanding job when it comes to making this gritty script about Operation Dessert Storm into a major motion picture. Cinematically this film is a true beauty to watch and enjoy. Especially some great sequences involving the oil field fires.

Acting though is what makes this film great. Jake Gyllenhaal brings forth an outstanding performance that normally would scream Oscar nominations, but rumor has it he will blow us all away with his performance in Brokeback Mountain later this year. As always a great performance as well by Jamie Foxx and the always fun to watch, Peter Sarsgaard. While Sarsgaard’s name may not be a houshold name, and may never carry a film as a lead, he is definitely one of the better supporting characters in the business.

The Verdict:
Mendes scores again with this visually outstanding and well acted film. Any fan of Mendes’s previous works will find enjoyment in Jarhead as well. With a solid cast, and a story that hits close to home during this time period in America, Jarhead should prove to be an entertaining theater experience. It is a little heavy when it comes to subject matter, but a cinematic gem none the less!

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