In A Few Good Men, Tom Cruise plays as Lt. Daniel Kaffee, an excellent military lawyer sent to defend two U.S. Marines charged with murdering another marine at a naval base. Lt. Kaffee is convinced this is just another case, but Lt. Joanne Galloway (Demi Moore) insists there is more to the story.
The film stars 3 powerful actors: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. Each actor has a unique voice and talent, and each actor delivers in this film. Tom Cruise’s character Kaffee starts of as an arrogant, lazy, softball playing lawyer who is at the top of his game, eventually turning into an intelligent defendant determined to find the truth. I felt like this is one of Cruise’s best performances. He, along with Nicholson, shined the most here and it was beautiful. Speaking of Nicholson, he was also on point. His expression, his word choice, his actions, it was all pure evil. It almost felt like Jack Nicholson is actually a criminal, what with him looking naturally evil all the time. Then comes Galloway played Demi Moore, the slightly annoying sidekick of Kaffee. In the first part of the film, she had a strong emotion playing her character. But as the film goes on, she has less chances to shine, and her acting quality slowly degrades. Although Kevin Bacon was only on screen after half of the film was finished, he played his role good as the court prosecutor, yelling commands to the judge, only to get overruled.
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What I noticed about this film is that it did a great job of keeping the audience at the edge of their seat, waiting for Kaffee and his team to find out that it was Col. Jessep (Nicholson) who ordered the Code Red, and was ultimately responsible for the death of Santiago. What I didn’t like about the film was that the film doesn’t think the audience is smart. I feel like the film is spoon feeding the court case to the viewers. The characters are always thinking out loud, just so that the audience understands the film. There isn’t a part in the film where we, as the audience, ever ask “wait? what’s going on?”. The film is always worried the audience has no idea what Tom Cruise is talking about. Another thing that I disliked about the film was Nicholson’s dialogue. Don’t get me wrong, he said his parts perfectly and with great emotion, but his dialogue was very scripted and limited. These mishaps don’t allow the audience to figure Kaffee’s plan by themselves, and they limit us from being surprised or shocked about Jessep’s behavior because of his scripted actions. One last thing that didn’t make sense in the film was the last scene, the famous court room scene. One big question we are all asking was why Jessep answered Kaffee’s questions even though he didn’t have to. He just HAD to aggravate and yell at Kaffee until he accidentally revealed the fact that he ordered the Code Red. If he didn’t say anything, which is what he could’ve done, there would be no solid proof of the Code Red order and he would be able to walk away clean, which mean’t the two accused soldiers would be charged with murder. These kinds of details make us ask questions, which makes the film even more interesting.
Here is my rating system. After reviewing every movie, I will rate the movie out of 5★ and out of 100 to let you know what I think of the movie.
5★(95-100): It’s an absolutely great movie that I would recommend to everyone, and definitely one worth watching.
4★(80-94): It’s a good movie that I would still recommend, but it’s just not exactly at the very top.
3★(70-79): It’s a movie that’s better than average, but still has its ups and downs.
2★(51-69): This movie is definitely under average. This movie is hard to enjoy and the director of this movie probably wasn’t even trying to make a good movie.
1★(50 and below): This movie is just complete utter bullshit, so much so that it makes me angry that I even watched it. The director of this movie was just drunk. This is the type of movie that will make you question your ability to pick a good movie. Instead of buying these types of movies, just donate your money to charity and you will be better off anyway.
My rating for A Few Good Men is 5★ and 96.
A Few Good Men was great. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore pack a powerful punch in this timeless classic. There were some weaknesses, but overall this is a very powerful film. Definitely one of Cruise’s best.
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