If you start something, finish it.What is the deal? I'm sitting there watching the opening battle scene thinking "wow, this is amazing" and then the next thing I know, it's Forest Gump all over again...no, not the bit where he's in Vietnam, more like the bit where he's talking to his mother.
Granted, I have to say the cinematography of the battle scenes is something to rave about. Really well done, disturbing... I felt like I was there. But as soon as the story kicked in, it became the most irritating piece of cheese I have ever viewed. And Spielberg is meant to be praised for this half assed job?
The plot was ovbiously constructed to tug at the heart strings of every soppy telemovie fan, the acting and dialogue convinced me of nothing other than the fact that they were all children of the 90's, and the understanding of the soldiers mentality is so base that I don't believe the characters were thinking anything when they were not speaking.
Perhaps the moment that takes the cake is when Private Ryan (Matt Damon...don't even get me started) is told about the death of his three brothers, supposedly the moment we have all been waiting for. Does he give a shit? NO, of course not,why would he? He's with all of his brothers, the men he is in battle with...give me a break... I've been sitting there for how many hours waiting for them the save this emotionless dickhead??Sorry Steve, but you can't simply hire a fantastic cinematographer to make up for the fact that your screenplay sucks, only a few of your actors have a clue, and that you have no insight into the human emotion assosiated with war.