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What’s your favorite climactic fight scene? Is it Russell Crowe’s Maximus dueling to the death with the evil Emperor Commodus in Gladiator? What about Luke Skywalker honing the force to blow up the death star in Star Wars?
Or, hear me out, how about the final confrontation in the Aaron Sorkin-penned courtroom drama A Few Good Men?
Sure, A Few Good Men might not have the literal appearance of a battle. But breaking down the film like a violent confrontation clarifies what makes the final, explosive confession of Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) so powerful.
Sorkin is known for his quick, heady dialogue and it can often feel like his characters are speaking way over your head. So the video essay below is a nice reminder that even a twisty military cover-up can be made more approachable with the right framework.
The essay outlines the compelling stakes of our hero (Tom Cruise‘s Lt. Daniel Kaffee), how the script clearly defines the rules, weapons, and logistics of the battleground (a military court), and how the film sets the stage for a confrontation where neither opponent is going to give up without a fight.
Ultimately, while the legal case at the center of the film may be complex, A Few Good Men‘s finale is about locking two enemies in an arena and turning up the pressure until one of them breaks.
Watch “A Few Good Men — Writing a Final Battle“: