And the critics are hailing it. (You can read my review here.)
Fresh off its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Hacksaw Ridge – the World War II movie that marks Mel Gibson‘s return to the director’s chair after a 10-year absence – is now seeing its first reviews land online. The first big one came from the legendary trade publication Variety and its chief film critic Owen Gleiberman.
He leads with these thoughts:
- Mel Gibson has made a movie about a pacifist who served nobly during WWII. It’s a testament to his filmmaking chops, and also an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back.
Or as The Guardian’s Andrew Pulver puts it: “…as repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he’s absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park.” Then there’s Mick LaSalle of San Francisco’s SFGate (hardly a conservative publication), who says in his blog post, “There aren’t going to be many more movies this year better than “Hacksaw Ridge.”
To get a full roundup of other responses, which also declare it “gruesome” and “powerful”, click here for Indiewire’s aggregate article. Entertainment Weekly also has select pull-quotes from major publications here.
Not having read whole reviews myself, I can’t speak to how deep they may get into spoilers, so skim with caution.
Hacksaw Ridge opens nationwide on November 4, 2016.