|Benson, Sheila. "Platoon: It's War at Ground Zero."
Los Angeles Times, December 19, 1986. Home Edition; Part 6. Page
While the film is an excellent depiction of the war’s confusion,
frustration, rage, hatred, and fear, “Platoon” is in essence a story of
the battle between good and evil. Its grunt-eye view of hell is passionate,
powerful, and realistic. Stone addresses the morality of a time and
place where there was little or none. He has taken a giant step toward
the true story of the happenings of the Vietnam conflict and those involved
in it. The combination of the movie’s characters, the photography
taken in the Philippines and the music, “Platoon” is very close to being
a “great one.”
Cawley, Leo. “Platoon._movie reviews.” Monthly Review,
Leo Cawley was a professor at Georgetown University and worked
for the Marine Corps. He describes Stone’s portrayal of the war positively.
Platoon captures facts about Vietnam that could have been lost
forever. Stone has told the story of several Vietnam veterans whose
actions will be remembered for many years. The film describes all
the harsh but true facts of war. The critic believes that since the
film leaves such a great impact on audiences, it is obviously successful.
Stone has achieved success in his faithful presentation of the events of
Vietnam through the movie Platoon.
Elliott, David. "Exposing the Nightmare of Vietnam; Platoon
is fair, painful view of war." San Diego Union-Tribune, January 29,
1987. Page D1.
Former Vietnam veteran Barry A. Toll saw the images of “Platoon”
as truthful and the sensations realistic, an achievement on the part of
Oliver Stone. He believes this film is the revenge of all of the
people who fought in Vietnam on society’s shameful denial of the veterans.
Toll also states his feeling of betrayal by Oliver Stone as the film insults
the platoons and units that worked hard to win the war. Stone shows
noisy, demoralized, and tactically inept soldiers. Toll puts down
the final soliloquy of the movie as “sweet” and resolves that is impossible
to make those who did not experience the war, understand it. “Platoon”
if nothing else makes the viewer aware of the danger of another such undeclared
war and the waste of young lives lost.
Lipper, Hal. "Platoon Captures Vietnam's Depths." St.
Petersburg Times, January 30, 1987. City Edition; Page 1D.
Until Oliver Stone’s “Platoon” Vietnamese-Americans have been faced
with unrealistic Vietnam War movies such as “Rambo, ” “The Green Berets,”
and “Apocalypse Now.” For some Vietnamese, “Platoon” provided a more
accurate telling of the War, even though its graphic scenes still do not
depict the full-scale horror of the conflict. While the My Lai scene
is brief, it is one of the most powerful to the Vietnamese, however difficult
it is to watch, showing the executions, rapes, and torturing of the innocent
villagers. Other Vietnamese people believe that “Platoon” is not
enough, that it is more a movie by Americans, for Americans. Some
still call for a full and real account of the Vietnamese although others
still believe it is too soon. Nonetheless, the story “Platoon” illustrates
progress in a direction that many dread but know needs to be addressed.
MacPherson, Myra. “’Platoon,’ Echoing the Voices of Vietnam.”
The Washington Post, January 25, 1987. Sunday Show; Page G1.
Platoon depicts war as very gruesome and deadly, which is for
the most part true. When the movie was viewed by men who fought in
Vietnam, they felt that Stone’s depiction of the war was not completely
valid. They viewed the war to be much more intense than it was portrayed.
In the eyes of the Vietnam vets there is “no way to capsulize Vietnam.”
It is hard to fathom what the war actually was like because Platoon
horrible in its entirety. Soldiers were described to hate the war
and all the frustrations that came along with it. The overall review
informed readers the movie described what it was like to be a young man
in “a war of confusion and waste.”