My NPR review of Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson’s new movie about World War II conscientious objector and Medal of Honor recipient Desmond T. Doss, is here.
I cut my original lede, figuring y’all know who Gibson is:
Filmmaker Mel Gibson has two obsessions: Grisly violence and martyrdom. Twenty years ago, he won an Oscar for directing Braveheart, a stirring ahistorical epic about a 13th-century Scottish revolutionary who raged against his English oppressors until he was captured and disemboweled. He followed that with The Passion of the Christ, the highest-grossing R-rated film ever made despite having no English dialogue — in his four-star review, Roger Ebert called it “the most violent film I have ever seen” — and Apocalypto, an 16th century adventure featuring a cast of unknown faces (none white) and more subtitles. By then, Gibson’s keen instincts as a visual storyteller had become as hard to ignore as the hate speech that had begun to spew from his mouth with alarming regularity.