Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

(2016)

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Title:
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Release Date:
10th November 2016
Runtime:
110 min
MPAA Rating:
R
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Directors:
Ang Lee
Writers:
Ben Fountain, Jean-Christophe Castelli
Languages:
N/A
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Storyline

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America's perceptions. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before. Lee directed and produced the film, from a screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli and based on the novel by Ben Fountain. Marc Platt, Rhodri Thomas, and Stephen Cornwell are also producers.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 60%
IMDb Rating 7.2

Casts

Arturo Castro as Mango
Astro as Lodis
Joe Alwyn as Billy
Mason Lee as Foo

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jessiewangwcy 13th November, 2016

feel what Billy feels and see what Billy sees

This movie is far from anti-war. This movie is full of emotion and thinking of soldier after-war life. They are not understood and being treated with people's arrogance and coldness. People do not really care about them but what can they dig from them. The director again use his way to express the emotion inside the character which he is most good at. the movie is worth seeing and currently is under rated. Besides the clips of the movie is excellent. It is harding to contiune switching between two time and spacing and not make audience feeling wired and confused. But in this movie you can feel that it is natural and your mind will completely goes with Billy. You will feel what he feels and see what he sees. Again Ang Lee made it.

Reviewed by Valley 12th November, 2016

This movie is far more than anti-war.

Many people said it is an anti-war movie,I don't think so. This movie is far more than anti-war.Because it is not a rich story ,but a rich truth and an emotion. It doesn't want to give you an opinion about what war is, but show you an emotion about a young man and a war. A so-called hero came back from Iraq, how is his life? In the real world, the truth and emotion are complicated. So it is hard to say what its theme is. Maybe the theme is to doubt our fake society Maybe the theme is to show the hero's confused life. However, they are parts of this movie. It is more like a section of Billy's life. He has family,battle companion, stranger and girlfriends. Sometimes he is distracted at his important moment,sometims all in front of him remind him of war. He sees and thinks.He might find that life is difficult to choose,finally he go back to the place where he belongs. If you can feel you are Billy Lynn, you can feel how ridiculous this society is.Nobody understands you,people see what they want to see.the sad thing is, you can change nothing but follow the direction of fate. If you don't have sensory substitution,this movie is boring. From the beginning of Billy's halftime show, I can't help crying. I even can't detail the reasons of my tears. The emotion is so strong, so complicate and so advanced. I feel so sad about Billy's life. I think it is a good movie, not very fun, but revolutionary.

Reviewed by phd_travel 11th November, 2016

Effective and insightful anti war movie

This is a very effective anti war movie. And it achieves a lot with a pretty low body count. It looks at a young soldier who after performing a heroic action caught on camera is involved in a promotional tour. It's subtle but completely clear in it's message. Through flashbacks there are many effective contrasts here between what went on in Iraq in attacks and the public relations football match slash Destiny's Child concert. Also showing the troops rounding up men in their home with their families watching. It is very insightful how he was about to give up the soldier life for this cheerleader he hooked up with only to find she only was interested in him as a hero. Another great realism shown is how the slimy developer magnate played by Steve Martin wants to short change them for rights to a film about the soldiers. Liked how they are so unappreciated by the guys back home who try to pick fights with them The most touching parts are with his sister played by Kristen Stewart who is the only one who really cares for him and tries to do something about it. There is no sentimentality wasted in the movie so their final scene is more meaningful for that. Kristen acts convincingly as the injured sister. Subtle and thoroughly convincing. Joe Alwyn as the title character is a good choice. He isn't too good looking so it's realistic. And he doesn't overact either. Just the right amount of emotion. This movie makes one think about it after it's over. Best Ang Lee movie for a while.

Reviewed by bobhelms 5th November, 2016

Really Shows The Emotional Side of Being A Soldier

A very well done movie that does a great job putting the viewer into the battle zone, even if you have never been there. If you have been there, you'll find yourself at times on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, a good dose of realism, the type of movie I would not have been able to go to for a couple years myself. A little iffy on some of the casting, and got a little far fetched 3/4 of the way through the movie with some of the relationship issues, so I give it an 8 out of 10. Liberals from NYC won't get this movie, because they have never been there. They refuse to have empathy for those who put the uniform on and protect this country. Unless the movie puts service members in a bad light, those types will always give the movie a bad rating, which is sad. Many of these movies are well scripted, directed, with amazing settings and great acting. None of that matters to the anti-military types, they treat these reviews as an opportunity to put their political viewpoints out there, and ignore the story, or how it is presented. You see it time and time again on thousands of reviews on IMDb. It is almost as though those making the reviews use this as their platform, because bashing troops out in public while protesting is no longer "fashionable" like it was in the 1960's.

Reviewed by alexanderrodman 16th October, 2016

Emotional and Moving

I just watched this film as part of the New York Film Festival early screening and it's a film that will be stuck in my mind for awhile, it's a deeply emotional and moving film with great acting (particularly newcomer, Joe Alwyn), cinematography and an original score. The ending was strong and had me choked up, the movie is based on a satirical novel so there is definitely some humor in it so it's not a totally depressing film but definitely a thought-provoking one, this was the film I was anticipating the most out of the 2016 releases then upon reading some underwhelming reviews from the opening night my expectations went down a little but I think it will be go down as one of the best films of the year, it's images and its anti-war message in my opinion were powerful and the film should inspire a lot conversation about what it means to "support the troops" and how we can help those returning who are suffering from PTSD, overall I give it 8 out of 10 stars, I hope people go out and see this in the theater and talk about it afterwards.