My previous message was assembled late at night and in bit a hurry. Let me try again.
Anyway, I love the book.
I didn't mean to mock book, I have read it and at least detailed descriptions of power suit deserves one point and mention of starship Mannerheim another. Actually there are little common with book and movie. Debating about which one is better will likely lead flame wars like has happened with two TV series which have same name: Battlestar Galactica.
I've seen the movie twice, and I am still not sure what the directors vision was.
First off, while watching movie, forget book. I saw movie first and heard about book years later. That might be one reason why I enjoyed the movie. Another thing is there aren't many scifi movies which even try show some decent and realistic ground combat. Aliens and Starship Troopers are shining examples here. Star Wars movies lack realism and they are closer Indiana Jones type adventure than war movies. So instead comparing Starship Troopers to other scifi movies or book of same name, compare it to traditional war movies instead.
What comes to vision of the movie, you can start by thinking about first scene of movie All Quiet on the Western Front where some man (teacher I guess) lectures about duty, glory and other reasons to join army. Now recall line from Starship Troopers "Recruiting in schools should be denied by law" or something like that and assume it isn't just coincidence.
Pay attention to details and compare them to history as you know it. Ace Leivy calls Rico as rich kid. On many countries 50+ years ago nobles and rich kids went straight to officer training. Rico's reply is something like it's not about who's rich but who's best. When Rico got administrative punishment, did you notice what kind of guy was on other end of lash? Bronsky! And then is that propaganda stuff. I have seen some finnish propaganda films from time of World War 2 (Finland was in war against Soviet Union) and they have close match. I think all of this can be called satire.
But for me those things were minor points. What I have seen time and again is best scifi war movie ever made. It isn't just blood and pieces of intestine, but when dying on Klendathu starts and squad leader Leivy almost ****s on his pants, it feels more closer, horrible and realistic (duh) than All Quiet on the Western Front where people seem just falling down.
Yep, but "Starship Troopers 2" wasn't half bad actually.
Really? Some other folks have ranked that below Aliens, including me.