These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Alternative Character Interpretation: It can be argued that Barnes did care for the men in his command, but used extreme tactics to do so. All he wanted was for them all to survive, and to hell with anybody else.
Awesome Music: Adagio for Strings, used during and after the more intense moments in the film.
The unused Georges Delerue-composed soundtrack, which gets replaced by Adagio for Strings.
Complete Monster: In a movie filled with soldiers who are assholes, Barnes (see Moral Event Horizon) and Bunny came across as the worse of them all. Bunny, who is a sadistic little psychopath. He beats a crippled Vietnamese boy to death just for fun, and does the same to the victim's elderly mother. Then he leads the gang-rape of a young girl in the bushes (which is interrupted by Chris).
Bunny: You know, Junior, some of the things we done, man, I don't feel like we done something wrong.
In the original script, Bunny did things like urinating on a dying Vietnamese baby.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: This feeling might hit home to those who lose sympathy for the soldiers after the village scene. Apparently, the only initially sympathetic characters left were Taylor and Elias. Although it wouldn't matter when there's no reason to care anymore about the war they're in.
Particularly for Barnes, who shoots the village chief's unarmed wife and almost kills his child, and Bunny, who beats a mentally handicapped boy to death, despite orders to leave, and then does the same to the boy's mother. The rest of the platoon also cross it, since they shoot the village animals for fun and, led by Bunny, gang-rape a teenage girl in the bushes outside. The only ones who come out of this scene with audience sympathies entirely intact are Elias and Chris.