Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk review
written by Souranath Banerjee
Rather than labelling it as an ‘anti-war film’ let’s say it is an emotional tale of war and the warriors!
My Ratings: 3.9/5
And it’s a war film! Well, actually a more sophisticated version of a war movie where the aftermath of the battle takes up the centre stage.
Based on the novel by Ben Fountain and screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk essentially revolves around 19-year-old Billy Lynn, a war hero, retuning home from Iraq on a victory tour with his entire squad (the survivors of the gruesome war).
His memories and flashbacks of the battlefield, his personal heroic efforts and the lives lost in the combat – these are the crux of the film, put across through a superbly knitted nonlinear storyline.
But then again the performances make the 1h 53min film such a delight to watch; especially debutant Joe Alwyn who played Billy Lynn was incredibly natural!
The only thing that bothered me was that it was a bit too vocal, like every emotion was spoken out in elaborate sentences loud and clear for the audience!
Then again Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is definitely a Cinema worth your time, highly emotional and also a cinematic achievement since it is the first film to be shot at 120 frame rate!
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com.