Ladies and Gentleman, Mel Gibson is back!
After a long career hiatus, due to his drunken anti-Semitic comments, the once beloved filmmaker has returned to Hollywood’s good graces with Hacksaw Ridge, a biopic of a Desmond Doss, the first soldier to ever receive the medal of honour without ever carrying a gun.
When we first meet Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) he is an awkward country boy from 40’s Virginia. The scenes of his upbringing play like a folksy tale along the lines of Old Yeller. Doss’ awkward manner can come off as too hokey, especially when he tries to woo nurse Dorothy Schutte (Teresa Palmer). However, the scenes with the family are excellent. Haunted by his time in the Great War, Desmond’s father Tom (Hugo Weaving) drowns his grief in alcohol, which can make him violent to his wife and kids. Desmond’s mother Bertha (Rachel Griffiths) raises her boys in the pacifistic principals of the Seventh-Day Adventists. Weaving delivers an excellent performance as a troubled man battling PTSD. You come to understand why he doesn’t want his sons to enlist, and his anger when they go against his wishes.