The Best: The middle section -from the riot at the U.S.O. to Wild Bill Kelso landing in L.A.- when the movie's pace finally picks up, all the off-putting setups from the 90 minutes start to pay off, and the movie seems to be going somewhere.
The Worst: It doesn't really go anywhere and it's not charming enough for the audience not to care.
The Music: Aside from the catchy march, which revitalizes the scenes with a very hungover Belushi, there's a lovely, all-out 1940's Hollywood theme when Bobby picks up a marooned Donna from the tank he's finally commanding. Genius.
The Image: The merry-go-round falling off its axis and rolling towards the sea. Who doesn't enjoy seeing that?
The Scene: The choreographed chase at the USO to Williams' "Swing Swing Swing".
The Line: If I recall correctly, there's some random guys shooting at the sky towards the end of the movie. One of them says, "Who are we shooting?", and the other replies, "I don't know, let's just destroy them". The whole movie in a nutshell.
The Character: This an ensemble movie where none of the characters are likeable and/or belong in the same movie. However, Robert Stack makes the cut for being the very charismatic voice of reason. The other greats (Mifune, Robert Lee, Slim Pickens) don't seem to have been told what they are doing.
The Geek Thrill: A rare self-referential Spielberg retreads Duel and Jaws. James Caan is in it.
The Audience: Only for die-hard fans of the modern, cartoony Simpsons episodes or sociopaths with a bloated id.
The Hidden Value: Seeing Spielberg do what he almost never does: bringing somebody's vision to the screen while sticking to the technical aspects of the movie. Also, his only movie with toilet humor, a puerile sex drive, and a sense of irresponsibility we would never again see in his opus.
The Spot On Review: "The movie finally reduces itself to an assault on our eyes and ears, a nonstop series of climaxes, screams, explosions, double-takes, sight gags, and ethnic jokes that's finally just not very funny." Roger Ebert.
EDIT: Check Richard's post below for corrections on two aspects I got wrong here.
Edited by Elmo Lewis, 18 September 2011 - 09:03 PM.