Forest Whitaker

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Good Morning Vietnam

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Director:

Barry Levinson

Starring:

Robin Williams

Forest Whitaker

Tung Thanh Tran

Plot:

An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

Review:

I’ve known about this movie, of course, and seen parts on television, but it wasn’t until Netflix added it that I was finally able to watch.

The Vietnam war is such a tragic part of history, both what happened during and after. I thought this movie did a great job showing that tragedy and Robin Williams portrayal was perfect.

I did think the parts with his “romance” were a little weird, but it’s probably just me. I knew when the kid got him out of the cantina that something was going to happen, but I stillĀ couldn’t help but feel Williams’ shock at seeing first hand the horror of war.

This was the first Williams film I’ve watch since his passing and it made the movie that much sadder. I couldn’t see him without feeling his loss.

4.5/5

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

the butler

Director:

Lee Daniels

Starring:

Forest Whitaker

Oprah Winfrey

Plot:

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

Review:

First off, who names a film and puts their own name in the title?

This was a feel good movie that had me crying through the last third of it. He just wanted to support his family? Why couldn’t his son see that? Why couldn’t he see that his son had grown up and changed? So much bitterness, but it all turned out good in the end.

4/5