The Greatest Beer Run Ever Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Review of the movie

On September 30, a new film by Peter Farrelly was released on Apple TV+. Following the example of the Wachowski sisters, this director has recently been working separately from his brother Bobby. The tape is based on incredible real events that took place in 1967 during the Vietnam War. In the review below, we tell what this story is all about and consider how it resonates with the present.

“Beer with the taste of friendship” / The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Genre military comedy drama
Directed by Peter Farrelly
Starring Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, Bill Murray, Kyle Allen, Jake Picking
Premiere of Apple TV+
Release year 2022
IMDb site

1967, New York. John “Chicky” Donoghue, 26, prefers to spend carefree evenings in a local bar with friends over a mug of delicious beer, and after noisy parties, spend half the day sleeping in a warm bed. While President Lyndon Johnson speaks from the TV screen about some phantom victories over communism, Chicky supports the government’s policies in every possible way and enters into arguments with the demonstrators who oppose the war and the participation of the United States in it.

Probably, the young man would have led such a useless lifestyle for a very long time, if one day he suddenly volunteered to fulfill the dream of an old bartender – a veteran of the Second World War, who expressed his desire to go to the front and treat the soldiers to a nice beer, so that they could feel supported and at least a little relax

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Perhaps at that moment, someone thought that Chiki was just showing off, but the news quickly spread around the district, mothers began to bring him all kinds of little things so that he could pass them on to his sons at the front, and now the main character already has to look for ways by which he can get into the war . Much to John’s surprise, the opportunity comes quickly enough, so he grabs a bag filled with cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon courtesy of the bartender, boards a ship, and embarks on a perilous journey into hell itself. This will radically change his attitude to the events in Vietnam.

After the wonderful “Green Book”, Peter Farrelly continues to tell about the difficult, but at the same time defining for the United States sixties, although from another side. The director’s new film is based on real events, as well as on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever, written by Donaghue himself in co-authorship with former New York Daily News columnist Joanna Molloy. In a magical way, this slightly strange story resonates with the current war in our country: mostly about Russia, its propaganda bombing, provocations of a society that supports the war.

Review of the movie

Here, the characters directly speak the familiar answer to the question “what are you fighting for?”. For the Motherland, for the safety of the citizens (even if nothing threatens them, and the aggressor turns out to be their country), for some illusory salvation – in general, the same loud pseudo-patriotic slogans are heard as from the Russians today, but these words still do not make any sense. People scatter them, support the war and do not think at all about what is really happening, in particular there, in the meat grinder, somewhere far away. Because even the soldiers themselves, who are thrown into this hell like cannon fodder, cannot answer why they are shedding blood. We know, don’t we?

Only then the States relied on the fight against communism, which the average American had no business with, and now Russia adheres to similar rhetoric about some invented neo-Nazism. At the same time, the tape also raises the topic of the importance of the informational component and mentions the expediency of rallies in times when the authorities are trying to keep their own people for fools.

Here, the main character is having breakfast with his family and at this time he learns that his comrade recently sent to the front has died, to which John’s father responds with a traditional speech about heroism and the defense of his country, which was not attacked by anyone. But at this very moment, his rebellious sister allows herself to disagree with these apparently nice, but empty words, remarking on the large number of useless deaths (here, by the way, it is not difficult to see analogies with the mobilization recently announced by Putin).

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

The credit of the authors of the tape can be seen in the fact that this is not just another anti-militarist manifesto, but also an attempt to criticize imperialism and express the senselessness of the very phenomenon of war. That is, it is evil, but also absurd. Because wars arise at the hands of politicians-puppet masters, who mask their own intentions and ambitions with beautiful speeches, but with their actions cause only continuous suffering and grief.

Peter Farrelly works in his usual genre of socially significant drama, slightly seasoned with comedic notes. Of course, when telling about such important things, you don’t joke a lot, but the local, non-obtrusive humor is presented from a satirical side, so it is perceived accordingly. Zac Efron, it seems, on the contrary, has finally decided to end unpretentious comedies and somehow so imperceptibly restarted his career, starring in a more serious movie. In “Beer with a taste of friendship” he is well assisted by Russell Crowe and Bill Murray in the supporting roles.

Despite the above-mentioned topicality, it is not a very powerful story dramaturgically, because the creators adhere to a kind of cautious tone of the story, as if they do not seek to evoke an emotional response from the viewer. It is all the more surprising that Donoghue’s crazy journey gets a real plot twist only in the climactic act, when the Tet Offensive begins.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

And besides, his adventures mostly take place at a great distance from real mortal danger. But the main thing is that this beer lover, blinded by propaganda rhetoric, receives the most valuable lesson in life, after which he becomes a completely different person. It is simply a must-see for the audience beyond the threshold.

Pros: an important and relevant topic, an extraordinary true story, a confident demonstration of the character development and changes of the main character Cons: a weak level of drama and not enough really intense episodes Conclusion:

“Beer with the taste of friendship” is an honest and moderately interesting film that does not manipulate severed limbs and other bloody horrors in order to reach the viewer and once again mundanely say that war is bad. But it is unlikely that he will be able to influence anyone or at least be remembered for longer than the missile from HIMARS reaches the target

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