The Deer Hunter
Classic Russian Roulette sports film, with a backstory related to the effects of ‘Nam on a rust belt small town. Can be read as both “rah rah ‘murica, evil Vietcong” and “war is hell”.
It’s just too damn long. Plot threads are launched and abandoned, characters are left undeveloped, but it’s still 3 hours long. Better people could cut this to 90 minutes while keeping all the plot and highlights. What a waste of time.