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Monday, November 7, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge film is less miraculous than the real story and totally worth seeing


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Desmond Doss was a mere wisp of a man when he signed up for the Army.  Andrew Garfield's youthful frame was at least 10 lbs meatier.  Partial mountain goat genetics must have been involved because Doss was unbelievably athletic, and gifted with an intrepid heart.  His fortitude to follow his church's teaching fell beyond the lines of what most people can grasp, so did his heroism.  He wasn't going to back down about anything.  And he wasn't going to Lord it over on anyone either.

Andrew Garfield is a wonderful actor and that I really think we are going to see a lot more from him.  His portrayal of Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge captured a deeply faithful man's journey.  When I first saw a trailer on Swagbucks, I immediatly hotlisted it to see opening weekend.  And yes, part of it was because of Andrew Garfield.  He was a fun Spider-Man, but the only vestige of Spider-Man here was pure athleticism.  And I've seen him in a few other things which have convinced me of Garfiled's talent.