Film Review – The Deer Hunter (1978)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. The movie was so taut. What riveted me about it was the dynamics of how the events changed each, and how they coped with their changes. The movie demonstrated the emotional illogical inconsistency that becomes embraced, taking individuals into their own serpentine journeys. Part of watching the long periods of the movie without dialogue is attempting to understood who they were, who they are, and what they’re thinking. The movie allows each of us as viewers to reach our own conclusions. In that way, it lets us relate as humans to the struggles we’ve endured, the decisions we make, the friends that we lose, and the life that we once lived.


    • Nick Kush says:

      Couldn’t agree more. This film has a refreshing way of allowing us to ingratiate ourselves with the characters. We like them because we relate to them.

  2. raistlin0903 says:

    I keep trying, hopefully this comment will break through. You may be right about this being one of the darkest movies ever. But wow, it was so truly amazing, great performances throughout. DeNiro was terrific, but the role that truly amazed me in this one was the one by Christopher Walken…such a truly heartbreaking scene at the end…it gets me every time that I see it. Great post! 😊

    • Nick Kush says:

      We have a success! Thanks for your thoughts! This was actually the first time I watched it so I wasn’t prepared for what I was going to see.

      • raistlin0903 says:

        Yes, finally it works again 😊Looking forward to commenting and exchanging thoughts again. No, I really understand that you weren’t prepared for it. That was pretty much how I felt after I first saw this movie. Then again, only really great movies are able to do that, and this is certainly one of them 😊

      • Nick Kush says:

        Totally agree! Glad we’re back on track!

  3. Steve says:

    Deer Hunter doesn’t get mentioned often in casual conversation because there is nothing casual about it. From the wedding scene that was filmed practically in real time to the absolutely intense suspence of the violent scenes you mentioned, the film is a tough slog. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Will I be ready for a second viewing within the decade? Maybe not. It’s just tough to watch.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Very true, but even films like Schindler’s List are certainly among casual discussion of great films. Probably because that’s more of a universal topic.

      • Steve says:

        For whatever reasons (which might turn into a blog post of their own) I find Deer Hunter much rougher to watch than Schindler’s List. By far. The latter still comes across to me as theatric. There is something about Deer Hunter that makes it feel a little too real.

      • Nick Kush says:

        Absolutely. It’s probably that lived in feel that Cimino creates by allowing these unscripted, un-Hollywoodized to take center stage, making the film as a whole feel like you’re a fly on the wall watching everything unfold.

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