A Few Good Men (1992)

Next film in the Easter Binge-a-Thon is the Rob Reiner classic, A Few Good Men.  It features a strong movie with perhaps one of the best third act scenes in the history of movies.

The whole “You can’t handle the truth” scene is one of the most iconic scenes shot and show off the amazing performances and antagonistic chemistry between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson.

This is one of the first times where you really see Tom Cruise as the charismatic, charming lead character he will become.  He nails all of the smart-ass lines that he was given and he also had to handle complex emotional scenes.  He showed that he belonged on the screen at the same time as a heavyweight like Nicholson.

Demi Moore does a solid job here, but Cruise is clearly the star of this movie.  One thing I did like was that the film did not try to force a romantic entanglement into the story between Moore and Cruise.  Both Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon bring strong performances to the film and Kevin Pollack provides a nice counter-balance to Cruise’s Kaffee.

James Marshall from Twin Peaks does a great job as the more naive and childlike Marine Downey.  Another great performance came from improv stud Christopher Guest, who appears as the doctor from Guantanamo.

Most of the courtroom drama is well done and is really carried by the likability of Tom Cruise.  If you have never seen the film before, you have the real feeling that there is no way that Cruise could win this case and that is a great success for Rob Reiner.

A Few Good Men is a top of the line thriller with great performances.  I loved this one.




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