Is A Few Good Men a Perfect Movie?

The Gomers channel Tom Cruise this week as they try to prove that A Few Good Men, the 1992 courtroom drama/Sorkin masterclass/Yoohoo commercial is, indeed, perfect.

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Is A Few Good Men a Perfect Movie?
  • Yes 76%, 13 votes
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    13 votes - 76% of all votes
  • No 12%, 2 votes
    2 votes 12%
    2 votes - 12% of all votes
  • Haven’t watched, YET.* 12%, 2 votes
    2 votes 12%
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Total Votes: 17
November 7, 2019 - December 6, 2019
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  1. November 24, 2019

    Steven hits on the reason why, for me, this isn’t a perfect movie: after the big scene, we’re pretty convinced that Jessup is right. I’d sum up the movie’s argument this way: on one hand, Jessup is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his country. On the other hand… he’s kind of an ass.

    That’s pretty weak. Jessup isn’t right. He’s essentially Machiavellian and a nihilist, who believes that the only morality is strength – might makes right. He’s a proto-dictator, fully convinced that he and only he can handle the truth and a breath away from just assassinating anyone who stands in his way.

    Jessup and his men protect our lives, but it is the laws that reflect our values, and, essentially, protect our identity. We are who we are as a nation because of where we draw the lines and set the boundaries on what we will and won’t do, and accept that, if that puts us in danger, so be it. Better do die with honor than to live without it. Jessup, at the end of the day, has no honor, because he has betrayed the code he swore to uphold.

    And the thing is, after 7 seasons of West Wing, I’m convinced that Sorkin absolutely believes this. He’s not a “whatever the President does is legal because he’s the President” type. A Few Good Men, while very entertaining, falls short of being a perfect movie because it fails to provide a rigorous defense of the rule of law. It asks the question, then stumbles on the answer.

    BTW – Anthony – if you’re using VLC on your laptop and there’s a lag between the audio and the visual, you can use the F and G keys to adjust the audio in 50 ms increments. Hope that helps!

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