Hacksaw Ridge


“A flaming garbage fire to watch.”

Title: Hacksaw Ridge
Writers: Robert Schenkkan 👨🏼🇺🇸 and Andrew Knight 👨🏼🇺🇸
Director: Mel Gibson 👨🏼🇺🇸

Reviewed by Li 👩🏻🇺🇸

Technical: 2/5

I felt like I was watching war propaganda from the 1940s combined with religious propaganda from Sunday school. Basically, if a massacre took place at Jesusland and was made into a corny, unoriginal movie. I added a point for high production values. But everything else was derivative nonsense.

Gender: 1/5
Does it pass the Bechdel Test? NO
GradeMyMovie.com Assessment: 20% of creative decision-makers were female

It’s a war movie made by a man. Did anyone really think this was going to get more than a 1/5? 

* I kept track of female voice time for one hour and recorded 4:39mins of women speaking onscreen. Out of 60:00mins.

Race: 1/5
GradeMyMovie.com Assessment: 8% of creative decision-makers were POC

Literally NOT ONE PERSON OF COLOR in this film featuring hundreds of White men. Unless you count, you know, all those evil Japs.

Look, I know Mel Gibson’s a raging anti-Semite who has said that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” and has used racial slurs against Latinos and Black people (guess which words), but even I’m impressed with the sheer militancy this film took in both barricading people of color from the screen and casting them as yellow demons in the same fell swoop. Maybe they did some post-production work erasing errant non-Whites…? I’m morbidly impressed.

Mediaversity Grade: F 1.33/5

I swear I didn’t watch this film for the sole purpose of hate-watching. I’m just trying to get all the Golden Globe nominations under my belt before January 8th. But JFC, this movie was a flaming garbage fire to watch. My eyes are still burning.

Grade: FLi