My revisit to Full Metal Jacket solidified my theory that Kubrick's vision of Vietnam is one of his least impressive films, which is to say it's still worth a watch but it's far from a masterpiece. Possibly the best way to view this movie is scene by scene. When you take on the best scenes of this film; the scene with Pvt. Lawrence and Joker in the bathroom, when Sgt. Hartman finds a donut in Lawrence's footlocker, the exchange with a high ranking officer condemning Joker's "peace" pin, the first kill... A handful of the best moments and finely shot scene's about the Vietnam war in movie history. When you watch the movie as a whole however it seems to miss it's mark and I can't help feel underwhelmed as the credits roll. The greatest war movies leave you lost in thought and typically depressed in need of a comedy. Full Metal is funny enough on it's own though and it could be described as a dark comedy. Kubrick's reputation as one of the greatest directors is grounded in his game changing cinematography, soundtracks, and flexibility among multiple genres throughout his filmography. I don't think he changed the game with this one. Of course, it's still a beautifully shot film with a great soundtrack and the first act will always be legendary thanks to R Lee. Ermey's inspired performance as the drill sergeant.