Born on The Fourth of July, originally an autobiography by Ron Kovic, shows the life of Ron Kovic before, during, and after his service in the Vietnam War. Ron Kovic had what most people would call, an innocent childhood growing up in Massapequa, New York. He played baseball, he loved parades, he had schoolboy crushes, and he was also a star wrestler. One day while watching TV with his family, he saw J.F.K.’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” speech. That speech was somewhat of a foundation of Ron’s political views. After losing his championship wrestling match, he went to a Marine Corp lecture. That lecture sparked his decision to enlist in the Marines. Ron Kovic soon learned the cruel truth of war and got shot multiple times in the back. Ron’s injury left him paralyzed from the waist down. Coming from the Wonder Boy to an irritated worn-out Vietnam Veteran, Ron has to conquer both self and social conflicts while going back to the American culture.
Oliver Stone stuck right to the autobiography, “Born on The Fourth of July” by Ron Kovic. Stone made sure to keep the realism of the Vietnam War and the lives that it changed, mostly the Veterans. Stone depicts Ron’s downfall and comeback clearly and very well. The theme of the movie is physical and mental struggles Kovic suffers through. The film is about how Ron gets pasts his conflicts and still fights on today. This film changed my perspective about veterans in general. I would only be sympathetic towards the disabled veterans. But after watching this film, I respect all veterans, disabled or not.
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