War is hell, simple as that.
Ladies and gentlemen… “M*A*S*H”.
In this movie we follow the staff of a field hospital during the Korean war. And with that we get to see how they all handle these tough times by taking part in a bunch of different types of hijinks. But this movie isn’t just used as a way to simply bring laughs out of the audience, but it was also made to comment on the insnaities that we call war and death. And I have to say that it was done surprisingly well. And by surprisingly well I mean that they fucking nailed it and it is perfect satire of it by doing a perfect blend of serious realism and dark humor. And I would say that the plot here is at the perfect balance of comedic and brilliant.
The characters are all unique, interesting and entertaining as hell. What was fun about them too is that they were for the most part played by (at the time) relatively unknown actors who later went on to become pretty big names. Let me mention some of the names and see if it rings and bells in your heads. Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Robert Duvall, Fred Williamson. Yeah… those were pretty small(ish) names once upon a time. And they were all great in this movie. They all fit their respective characters perfectly and gave us some great performances.
The score for the movie was provided by Johnny Mandel and it is preatty great. It’s fun, big, whimsical and at times pretty dramatic. It is based in your typical orchestrations but it all comds together pretty damn well. And I feel like I have to touch upon the original song that spawned form this movie which honestly is one of the best songs I have ever listened to. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s called “Suicide is Painless” and was written by Mike Altman, the son of the film’s director, Robert Altman. And the lyrics are both kind of, sort of funny but also pretty deep and thought provoking and helps make this song as great as it is.
Like I just said, the movie was directed by Robert Altman who at the time of making the movie was a bit of a maverick in the movie making scene, and when making “M*A*S*H” it was no different. He did a lot of shit when making the movie that would’ve pissed off studio people if they actually had any idea what he was doing. I don’t feel like explaining what he did but I will say that it can be found out on one of the special features on the DVD. But everything he did was worth it because it is a very well directed movie that looks really good and flows perfectly even though it really doesn’t have a story that you follow straight up from point A to point B, but instead just relying on a seemingly unconnected series of events featuring these amazing characters. It’s also interesting how they never really followed the script that they had been given. They just kind of improvised for the most part and it turned out pretty great… funny how that can happen.
This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie won 1 Oscar in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. It was also nominated for an additional 4 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Kellerman), Best Director and Best Film Editing.
“M*A*S*H” is a classic movie featuring a loosely connected yet well crafted and satirical plot, great acting, great music and great directing. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “M*A*S*H” is a 9,87/10. It gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
My review of “M*A*S*H” is now done.
THIS ISN’T A HOSPITAL… IT’S AN INSANE ASYLUM!