I have seen hell. And it was worth the eight bucks.Sometimes a movie is so nasty, but realistically so, that you have to go see it. You know you won't be uplifted, you know you might not even enjoy it, but you have to see it. You have to feel what it wants you to feel.
With Private Ryan the object is to put you in a place no sane person would choose to go. And it does. The finest half hour of war footage ever shot, and a not too foul story, decent dialogue and acting, effects that didn't try to surpass realism, just perfect it...
I didn't want it to finish. And I didn't enjoy it. It was just intriguing in the extreme. Like a car wreck rolling down the highway in slow motion for three hours... who could look away?
Hanks is finely underplayed, Burns surprises, Sizemore matures, hell even Ted Danson is good.
The ending is a little too "we are the world we are the children" but there has to be an easy finish or people would enjoy the experience much less.
If your grandparents were vets, see this film. It might take you some of the way to learning just how hellish war can be. My olds get respect from me after seeing this film.
Speilberg may one day run out of points to prove, but if he can prove them in a fashion like this then godspeed, I say.Close the book on war films from here on in. It won't get any better.