Critic Consensus: The Vietnam War revisits a dark chapter in American history with patience, grace, and a refreshing -- and sobering -- perspective informed by those who fought.
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A history of the Vietnam War that features insights from U.S. soldiers, Americans who opposed the war, Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both sides of the conflict.
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Its scope is at once encyclopaedic, personal, macro and micro. It's exhaustive and a little exhausting.
The Vietnam War offers a lesson on how the folly of human nature, miscommunication, missed opportunities, and fear can make and prolong war; but it doesn't leave it at that, the documentary is an opportunity to heal.
The philosopher Arthur C. Danto, a World War II veteran, once wrote of the experience of visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, "Be prepared to weep." Those words also apply to the experience of watching these 18 hours.
The American public will be better informed if The Vietnam War is shown in its schools. We have a profoundly short collective memory, and the film is a gripping summary of a futile conflict.
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