Mel Gibson....Love him or hate him, I think we can all agree he's just an amazing filmmaker.
There are so many classical film making techniques utilized in this movie, that aren't really used anymore.
This movie is essentially two movies. The first half is when we get to know Andrew Garfield's Desmond. Why he feels so strongly about his religion viewpoint, his perspective on war, and the backstory as to why he feels the way he feels.
Andrew Garfield has always been one of my favorite actors. He was great in Silence, and even in not-so-great movies like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, his performance was always the bright spot.
All of the performances were excellent. Hugo Weaving, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, even Luke Bracey who I thought was awful in Point Break had character moments that made me like them.
It's so rare that a movie that has so many great characters existing!
The second half is when the war breaks out. It is brutal. Gibson has a way of directing the war scenes without having to come off like an action spectacle.
Seeing the soldiers get blown up and shot down are sad. That is portrayed very well here. Which makes it all the more need for hope when Desmond steps up to save the soldiers.
We see so many war films these days that either glorifies the violence or becomes a very cliche-ridden movie with similar beats.
The reason Hacksaw Ridge rises above all the war films, are the fantastic visuals and direction, and the well acted / written characters.
Out of all the Oscar nominees, this just might be my favorite. Check it out definitely if you can!!