Gods and Generals Reviews
June 1, 2013
very dull movie that breaks a ton of screenwriting rules. opening is not compelling in the least, huge act 2 lull after the midpoint, daniels is pointless and doesn't show up until act 2. characters introduced have 2 scenes and die in ten minutes. dialogue is on the nose and characters frequently go into oration of scripture or Shakespeare. Stephen Lang did a good job as stonewall, duvall was fine as Lee. technically middling. basically an unbearably dull 4 hr movie with a terrible script. the civil war movie I wrote is much better even to someone besides me. this was written by a total novice. no redeeming visuals but some good acting to keep it from my worst ever lists.
June 5, 2013
Fantastic. Just a wonderful work. Only one problem: it occasionally felt like Lang was over-acting, though that may have been me.
April 23, 2013
Brilliantly depicted battle scenes!
April 21, 2013
Virtually impossible to endure, and I am a fan of the great Duvall.
April 6, 2013
Trading the intimacy of 'Gettysburg' for a bigger scale and scope, Maxwell's Civil War epic looks and sounds great, with good performances from its dependable cast, especially Lang as the devoted yet eccentric 'Stonewall', great production values & costumes, and a both grandiose yet moving score from Edelman. However, the upgrade visually comes at a downgrade in storytelling, with melodramatic and sometimes preachy dialogue, a lack of time balance between the three 'main characters' and their stories, with Chamberlain and Lee getting very shafted, and a definite Pro-South bias that it's more powerful successor didn't have.
March 20, 2013
best movie i want to finish it
February 10, 2013
Never mind the critics: a gripping portrayal of the American South's generals.
January 30, 2013
If you aren't into Civil War flicks, you won't like it. But if you are, this one ranks right up there with Glory. Stephen Lang plays an awesome Stonewall Jackson.
December 20, 2012
This was a huge letdown. I really loved Gettysburg and the book, but walked out of this movie it was so boring.
December 16, 2012
Another 4+ hours of detail. Intricate, boring detail.
November 9, 2012
I am not one for old type movies. But this one was done VERY well. Making it a good movie for old and young!
October 10, 2012
Doesn't follow the book terribly well, character development is flat. But it is historically accurate... they should have just released the director's cut on History Channel as a mini-series.
September 30, 2012
Awful movie, a big let down after seeing gettysburg which was excellent
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April 14, 2010
My original rating was 30%. But, it has changed since I saw the Director's Cut.
Terribly written. Terribly acted. It in no way compares to the might of it's predecessor (or successor; depending on if you go historical or order of being made) Gettysburg. Only the powerfully done Battle of Fredericksburg and Bonnie Blue Flag scenes saved the film from the abyss it dragged itself into.
The DC was a HUGE improvement over the Theatrical. Many of the scenes made more sense, and the John Wilkes Booth subplot was superb. The movie as a whole was generally better. I really enjoyed it. I really gained a better apprectation of the effort put into the film.
There are some gripes though of mine. The additional 10 minutes of the Battle of Fredericksburg took away from what made it epic, Antietam was ok but not great, much of the plot points in Gettysburg that were also major in the books (like Hancock and Armistead's freindship) never got touched, and we still didn't get most of the deleted scenes included in the G&G soundtrack bonus disc.
August 15, 2012
I won't waste 3 hrs and 45 min. of my life on a KKK recruiting commercial. Despite Jeff Daniels and Stephen Lang
August 4, 2012
Lengthy is an under-exaggeration but Gods and Generals does a good job extending on Gettysburg enough to make the sitting worth while. Duvall and Lang seem to fit their roles perfectly as well.
July 27, 2012
One cannot review this movie without comparing it to it's predecessor, Gettysburg. By that measure, it does not live up. If you don't like Gettysburg, there is no way you will like this film. It focuses too much on the build up to the war, and much of the war's down time, which is far less compelling. Also, it was easier for Gettysburg to create tension since it involved the most crucial battle of the war. Still, the battle sequences in this movie can be just as stirring. And it does provide an interesting study of the fascinating figure, General "Stonewall" Jackson, who is not covered in Gettysburg.
July 10, 2012
basically a nowhere near as good "Gettysburg"
October 10, 2007
I loved this movie and what I liked about it is how it showed the beginning of the Civil War and how the War affected there commanders and showed the beliefs. This film had a great story and the characters were great. I tought Robert Duvall did a great General Lee! Stephen Lang and Jeff Daniels were wonderful! 10 out of 10.
June 25, 2012
This is a very good film. Nice to see a coverage of the Southern perspective. Being told from a military standpoint, it has limitations. But what it does, it does well.