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REVIEW: Ken Burns’ Documentary ‘The Vietnam War’ Is A Chilling And Moving Series

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief
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Ken Burns documentary “The Vietnam War” might be one of the most moving series I’ve ever seen made.

I started the 10-part series from PBS several days back, and I finally finished last night after trying to get through at least an episode a day on Netflix. (RELATED: Watching ‘Band Of Brothers‘ Never Gets Old. Here’s Why It’s Such A Great Series)

I’ve never seen anything like it before. As somebody born long after the Vietnam War ended, I obviously knew about the war, but I wasn’t overly educated on the topic.

“The Vietnam War” was an eye-opening experience put together by Burns, and it’s an emotional rollercoaster.

I was cheering for America at certain points, was horrified at times, was heartbroken throughout, had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion and just couldn’t stop watching.

While the documentary is still far removed from those who lived it, I couldn’t help but feel tied to all the men getting interviewed.

They interview supporters, anti-war activists, men who fought over there, people who fought on the side of the North Vietnamese and many other people.

The documentary doesn’t place blame for how it all went so wrong. It more or less puts the tragic facts on the table, and lets the viewer soak them up.

 

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Good luck watching “The Vietnam War” without getting angry. It’s not possible. We sent more than 50,000 men to their deaths in a war that most people didn’t understand, and Saigon ultimately ended up falling anyways.

The absolute brutality of what happened in Vietnam is honestly beyond words. Young men who wanted to be at home playing football and chasing women were in a country that wasn’t there home doing things I can’t imagine.

 

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I don’t want to drag on and on. I’ll end it with this. I encourage you all to watch “The Vietnam War” on Netflix. It’s a moving and chilling series. While it was incredibly uncomfortable at times, I’m glad I watched. It felt like a necessary experience, and I hope more Americans do the same.