4 comments on “Born on the Fourth of July

  1. Disagree with you on Cruise’s performance. Here, it might be worth consideration of how many young people, myself and my friends included, went from all-American youth to angry long-haired anti-war freaks between 1967 and 1970. For those that were around and living the time pictured here, Cruise’s performance was pretty right-on. I guess nothing can really convey the anger in the land at that point; but it’s really not that much of an exaggeration to say that the US was approaching a state of civil war by that time. I’m sorry if folks don’t appreciate what was happening…maybe it’s impossible to capture that era accurately. Of course the film had flaws as do most of Stone’s films; but Cruise’s performance was great and was not among those flaws!

    • Ken, I do appreciate the change in public attitude in the late sixties shown here, but maybe it is hard to accurately portray that shift in a way that younger generations will believe and understand. The film really started to go south for me when Cruise started yelling ‘penis’ at his mom and that whole bender in Mexico didn’t help regain my confidence in the film, or Cruise. But to each his own, I always value your insightful comments.

      • I agree with you about the “bender in Mexico”; that’s what I was referring to as the film’s major flaw. I’m not sure how much of that was Kovic’s self delusion or Stone’s tendency to overdramatize any situation. Mainly, I was sticking up for Tom Cruise’s performance as being a pretty good representation of the radicalization of the time. And I always feel that Cruise (as nutty as he can be personally) is never given much deserved acting credit from RAIN MAN to THE FIRM to COLLATERAL. Ah well, at least he got the Golden Globe for BORN that year.

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