Wednesday, March 21, 2007
M*A*S*H

Not many movies are successful enough to be a successful TV series. But this is one exception: I adore the movie, I adore the television series, and I adore the soundtrack. One of the most thought provoking movies of all time, and one of the best series in television. A story about regular people in war.

Hawkeye Pierce (Donald Sutherland), Trapper John McIntyre (Elliot Gould), and Duke Forrest (Tom Skerritt) are three army surgeons who are drafted and assigned to a MASH/Mobile Army Surgical Hospital Unit in Korea. The trio are rebellious, law-breaking, and womanizers, albeit they are very good as doctors. Together, they are facing the reality of war and try to keep themselves busy so they would be sane. Directed by Robert Altman. Based on a novel by Richard Hooker.

I religiously watched the series during the reruns for years. I have never watched the movie which was based of the TV series "M*A*S*H". And then I watched the movie and discovered how much the movie was much better than the TV series. I was already familiar with the characters from the TV series, so to actually looking back to the movie itself was pretty confusing, but I got used to it afterwards. The movie has a documentary kind of feel, without a meaningful plot, and many overlapping dialogues where people seems mumbles in the background, and the actors seems adlibbed most of everything. And that was actually made it good, because it feels real and it feels funny in non absurd thing. The movie has so many characters and storylines, it seems out of order. It's a simple story about doctors and nurses during the Korean war, which is depicted as satirical. I love the characters, although it is a bit different from the series. But I think it has its own quality.

The film looks dirty, it seems many of the characters hardly take a shower. But the most memorable scene was about when Major Margaret "HotLips" O'Houlihan (Sally Kellerman) becomes a victim of a prank during a shower. I thought that was funny in a tragic way. Some people may hate it, but I thought she deserves it because she was so annoying and tense. This film juxtaposes gory operating room procedures with anti establishment humor; occasionally these two elements co-exist within the same shot. The plot is episodic, and is marked by director's trademark editing style, in which each scene contains several simultaneous or overlapping conversations, as well as his frequent use of zooms. I love the three main characters; they were played brilliantly back then. Donald Sutherland was my favorite actor. And I think the three main characters were so cool. Don't forget the unforgettable soundtrack "Suicide Is Painless" by Mike Altman. It's my favorite song of all time.

Ratings: 9/10


Posted at 06:24 pm by hanitje

 

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