Highly Overrated But Still Good
best movie i've ever seen.
There are better movies of two hours length. I loved the actress'performance.
While it is a pity that the story wasn't told with more visual finesse, this is trivial compared to our real-world problems. It takes a good movie to put that into perspective.
The opening scene is thrilling. This is easily Ol'Tommy's best film since the original Toy Story film. He shows some raw emotion that makes you feel like you are in France with him. This film will forever go down as the pinnacle of war films.
I watched this movie a couple times since it came out and it still hits me every time i watch it. People who say this movie suck crazy, its definatly the best ww2 movie ever made.
One of Spielberg's finest, and finally an academy award for his perseverance but Saving Private Ryan is a tour de force starring a good mix of new and the seasoned and some awe- inspiring visuals. Seriously the opening beach attack literally transports you to the war such is its magnitude. This is a film that should be watched in history schools, film schools and humanity schools. When Spielberg finally hangs his boots Saving Private Ryan will be recalled as one of the finest gems in a great career.
This, in a long list of big films, is probably Spielberg's greatest accomplishment. It has so much heart, humanity, and raw drama that it will most likely be in the top tier of films for all time. It's just spectacular in every way. It throws you into the biggest armed conflict of our time while deftly and carefully drawing you into a very intimate story that puts many aspects of the war into perspective.Reviewing a war film is difficult for someone who has never been in one. I don't think any serious critic would pretend to know what it's like to be in such a horrifying event. I think the best you can do is speculate, and even then, you risk treading on some serious ground by giving such films a review.That being said, the film looks, feels, sounds, and moves perfectly from start to finish. Technically, it's a masterpiece. The lesser-known stars give as good of a performance as the big-name actors, which is a sign of terrific directing. The personal story-line weaves effortlessly within the big drama of the war, and the whole thing is written beautifully.As I'm writing this, I can think of no flaws. Some people give Spielberg a hard time by being overly sentimental, but I just don't see it in SPR. The emotions all seem appropriate for the environment. The action is riveting and often brutal. Characters fall of the radar quickly. The war is overwhelming. It all makes sense in context.The best films are like statues; solid, powerful, and eternal. This one will stand for a long time. Even if lot's of Spielberg's films get taken down a notch for sentimentality and overblown spectacle-making, this one won't, and never will.