Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Good Morning, Vietnam

Good Morning,Vietnam (1987)

  • "A new Disc Jockey is shipped from Crete to Vietnam to bring humor to Armed Forces Radio. He turns the studio on its ear and becomes wildly popular with the troops but runs afoul of the middle management who think he isn't G.I. enough. While he is off the air, he tries to meet Vietnamese especially girls, and begins to have brushes with the real war that never appears on the radio"

"Good Morning Vietnam is a film based on the Vietnam War and it's coverage for American audiences. The movie shows several representations of the different groups within the war and their varying attitudes and beliefs. From the high ranking officers in the American Army to the Vietnamese friends Adrian makes along the way, it is evident that the views on the Vietnamese war differ greatly"

The film brings a sense of humour to the Vietnam War and appeals to audiences who may not wish to sit through a traditional gory war film. Also, it provides a sense of community and it becomes apparent that "morale of the troops is vital to their success". The Radio show host, Adrian Cronauer, keeps the spirits up of those fighting in Vietnam and this should be deemed valuable to others, however, it causes him to make some enemies. However, even after Cronauer is forced to leave the troops continue to sing his praises and value all the support and strength he provided them and aim to uphold his legacy of community, which in turns creates a positive representation of the Vietnam war. 

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"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial soon became one of the most visited memorials in the nation’s capital., it has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Washington, D.C., with over 4.2 million estimated visitors so far in 2012 alone. A Smithsonian Institution director called it “a community of feelings, almost a sacred precinct,” and a veteran declared that “it’s the parade we never got.” “The Wall” drew together both those who fought and those who marched against the war and served to promote national healing a decade after the divisive conflict’s end"

This memorial finally brings attention to those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War and allows loved ones and other supporters of their efforts to celebrate them and all they have done for their country. Also, the memorial stood as a symbol of a nation finally coming together in order to pay respects and helped fill the divide between those opposed the war and those in favour. 

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