Normally I tend to stay away from military movies because they somehow always want to fit in the message that their army / country is the best and will always overcome a worse country / regime. I was pleased to see that the war scenes are about half the movie and these are truly amazing captured on film.
Since Fargo I distrust every filmmaker with true story or even based on true on a true story taglines. A little bit of googling on Desmond Doss and the second line i read is that Doss joined the army in 1942. The movie focused on Desmonds last shipment to Okinawa and skips the other regions he went before that. His girlfriend/wife wasn’t a nurse during the war but became a nurse some years after the war. But I’m glad that the core of the story seems to be true.
Would the movie have been better with another main character? Perhaps, Andrew Garfield playing the role of Desmond should never ever take a film role where he does come climbing. I found Vince Vaughn was amazing in this movie. I’m so glad he pulled of a completely different role than being the funny guy.
Even if you’re not that keen on war movies these 139 minutes probably won’t disappoint.