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Watching Peter Farrelly’s new movie The Greatest Beer Run and knowing little about it, I kept thinking that it would be a completely absurd, unbelievable story if it didn’t actually happen. By the end, I saw that this was indeed 100% true, proving that life can sometimes be stranger than fiction. As such, it proves to be one of the most memorable and certainly heartfelt films of this year, as well as a Vietnam War film that couldn’t be further from Deer hunter, platoon, as well as Apocalypse today but a character-driven drama that defies logic, yet makes you believe once again in the power of the human spirit. It’s a rare Vietnamese movie that can be seen from a civilian’s point of view, and that’s the key reason why it works so well.

This is Farrelly’s first film since winning the Oscar for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay in 2018. green book, and whether it was his lucky day or not, its world premiere took place at the Toronto International Film Festival in the same timeslot and on the same day of the week as green book Premiered at TIFF. This film won the TIFF Audience Choice Award often predicted by the Oscars. Can lightning strike twice? It really doesn’t matter because this is a film that defiantly marches to its own drummer. It also gives Zac Efron one of the best roles of his career and Russell Crowe his second supporting role this year.

Efron plays John “Chiki” Donoghue, an ordinary guy who spends most of his time with his buddies at Doc Fiddler’s bar in Inwood, New York. The year is 1967, the Vietnam War is in full swing. Protests against this are also gaining momentum, but Chicky and his friends, along with the bartender Doc, a.k.a. “The Colonel” (Bill Murray in a brief supporting role), come up with a crazy idea to support their buddy neighbors whose number has come up. and serve in the war. The idea is simple but sounds a little far-fetched: what if they could bring some home to the front lines by sharing a good old can of beer with the soldiers?

TORONTO, ONTARIO – SEP 13: (LR) Peter Farrelly and Zac Efron attend the premiere of The Greatest Beer Run during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

Chiki may not have served in the war, but he is a merchant marine and very familiar with transport ships, which is key to getting to Saigon, so he volunteers to pack a duffel bag filled with dozens of cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (a product bonanza). placement) and gets a job in the boiler room of a ship bound for Saigon. Incredibly, he finds himself in the middle of an increasingly contentious war, ready to hand out his beer cans and use intelligence to hunt down the neighborhood boys wherever they are on the battlefields. Casually dressed as they were in New York, the officers first wonder if this guy is some kind of CIA agent with an agenda. Soon, however, he finds himself in a predicament as he must avoid danger with old buddies involved in something that is definitely not a game, like buddy Tommy Collins (Archie Renault). There’s also a trip to a bar where he meets journalists covering the war, including Arthur Coates (Crowe), a white-haired war photographer who initially brushes off the odd Chick but soon becomes intrigued by his crazy stated mission, which he talks about a lot. easier in terms of logistics than it seems. After establishing an instant camaraderie and partnership with Arthur, Chicky finds himself dodging bullets, bombs, and some frightening battlefield encounters while doing what he came there for, and actually finds a host of buddies who are alternately shocked, surprised, and horrified. upon seeing him, especially when he offers his gift of beer with the explanation that this is the only reason he came to Vietnam. Chiki will discover, like many of us, that this war isn’t quite what it should be, and he quickly learns what’s really going on, thanks in large part to Arthur, friends who are in hell on earth. , and witnessing acts of barbarism where he least expected to see them.


John Cheeky Donoghue

As things take a turn for the worse for him, the stakes are raised in terms of getting home safe and sound, but it’s an experience that will change this young man forever. Based on a book written by Donoghue and J. T. Molloy, Farrelly, Brian Curry (green book) and Pete Jones wrote a screenplay that captures the somewhat innocent but determined spirit of this unique man who has a good heart and just wants to do something for the guys who are suddenly on the front lines of an increasingly serious war. extremely unpopular. You can also call it a wake up call for Chica himself. Yes, it all sounds crazy, but the real Donoghue served four years in the Marines and was in Vietnam three times as a merchant marine, plus he had the proper security clearances to be able to pull it off and work on a transport ship that would normally brings ammo and supplies, but this time with Chiki on board, beer. Now living at home again and traveling in circles with a lot of war support, well, except for his own sister Christine (Ruby Ashbourne Serkis) who sees things differently, Chicky thinks he’s doing the right thing, and he is, but what does he discover? in his travels with beer across the country, what he sees with his own eyes will change him. This is a real adventure, to say the least.

Efron is perfectly matched, although a guy with military training and know-how, it is his fanatical humanity and concern for his friends that makes him so attractive. Oddly enough, he’s almost innocent until no. The character’s eyes are wide open and it’s such an interesting story, showing a side of the war that we haven’t seen in the movies yet. In fact, Farrelly was initially drawn to a 2015 12-minute You Tube documentary about a legend you have to see to believe it, as well as the best-selling book The Greatest Beer Bar of All Time: The True Story. friendship is stronger than war. He immediately knew that somewhere there is a film. He was right. Casting is important here, too, and Crowe is a terrific choice for the role of a war-torn chronicler with a camera. After a very funny twist this summer in Thor: Love and Thunder this turn of support proves once again that this actor can do anything. Jake Picking, Kyle Allen, Will Ropp and Will Hochman are among the other young people featured in this story.

Original Apple movie co-produced with Skydance The Greatest Beer Run also has excellent cinematography by Shawn Porter, and was produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Andrew Muscato (who also made this 12 minute You Tube document) and Jake Myers. It will be screened in theaters prior to broadcast on September 30th.

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