Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

By Jackie Raphael

This film provides an interesting perspective on war and the after-effects on the people involved, whether they are on the frontline or left worrying at home. It tells the story of teenager Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) who returns home from Iraq with his squad for a victory tour after heroic video footage of him in action spreads in the media. Lynn struggles with wanting to stay at home with his sister (Kristen Stewart) and a cheerleader (Makenzie Leigh) versus returning to battle with his team, led by Dime (Garret Hedlund). 

Alwyn and Hedlund were definitely the stand-out performers in a cast that also included Chris Tucker, Vin Diesel and Steve Martin. Alwyn certainly gave a heartfelt performance, while Hedlund provided many of the surprising laughs. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is still considered a drama but it includes action and comedic relief throughout. Unfortunately, there are some lame moments and questionable body doubles for an extended scene involving Destiny's Child. But overall, the film leaves the audience reflecting on brotherhood and the ethics of war.