Good Morning, Vietnam (SE)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Long before Angelina Jolie made a Pitt-stop and adopted children from a foreign land, Robin Williams was unleashed in a dangerous place in a dangerous time and won an Academy Award. The time: 1960s. The place: Vietnam. Williams brilliantly plays Adrian Cronauer, an off-the-wall DJ assigned to bring some spunk to this hot zone. From the moment Williams first talks into the mic, to the heart breaking ending, youíll laugh and cry at the same time all the way to the end! Now thatís a KILLER comedy! Ladies and gents: GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When both director Barry Levinson and Robin Williams make good films, they make GOOD films! Levinson has proved to be a genius at balancing politics and comedy with films like WAG THE DOG. I donít even have to express how good Robin Williams is at hysterical comedy, Iíve found a majority of his films have so much heart that not only will you laugh but youíll shed a tear as well. Well, GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM is the ultimate template for both menís careers. Not only do you get Levinsonís political sarcasm on Vietnam, but you get Williams shaking things up and giving one of his best damn performances ever! And while things are fun and games at first, the realities of war set in and the film reveals a great humanity to the whole affair.
What really makes this comedy a winner is the characters. They all seem very real with their different personalities. Williams is also supported by a solid cast that includes the likes of Forest Whitaker and J.T. Walsh. From Williamís unscripted monologues to the groovy 60ís music, itís all good. The re-edit of Richard Nixonís interview is worth the watch alone! I donít think Iíve laughed as hard for so long since WEDDING CRASHERS. This re-issue is definitely worth a look.
Production Diary: This documentary is broken up into six segments that chronicle the filmís origins, how it came to be, shooting, and the music. These are all relatively interesting especially considering the original bare bones release. The whole affair lasts a little over 30 minutes. Youíll get to see the real Adrian as well as how the filmmakers wanted to show real Vietnamese people and how they lived. The focus on Adrianís use of influential and irreverent rock and roll is also quite intriguing. All told, this is a great documentary that elevates this special edition above the average double dip.
Raw Monologues: Barry Levinson shows us the seemingly untapped genius of Williams as we see some uncut monologues that are gut busting. Man, this guy can seriously keep going forever and maintain the funny quotient. This is just classic stuff. I nominate Robin Williams as a new DJ. This one lasts about 13 minutes.
Original Theatrical Trailer: Wow, here at Joblo, we yearly rate trailers of the year and this one rocks! Itís got several funny moments and gives you an idea of the brevity, while not giving a whole lot away.
Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer: This is a whole monologue by Williams not featured in the film, also great stuff!
Damn this is a good movie and double Damn this is a great DVD! I wouldnít even consider this a double dip because the other one canít even hold a candle. You have a strong comedy, luscious transfer, and some inspired special features. Do yourself a favor, and pick this one up.
Final Decision: BUY