Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is one of the best war films ever made. Its emotional, powerful, intense, well shot, and amazingly realistic. Despite its long length and sickening violence, you will not regret your viewing experience.
In the film, Tom Hanks play Captain John H. Miller, a war captain who leads a group of soldiers on a mission to rescue Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), a survivor of the D-Day attacks. They must risk all to save them.
This is an easy and quick film to review. I'll just go over those things that I mentioned above. This is without a doubt a phenomenal and amazing movie. First, the performances. They are stellar. Tom Hanks is one of those actors who can take on anything. He can make us laugh and bawl. And to believehe got started on a sitcom where he would crossdress? He is just aweosme in this film. Same thing goes for Matt Damon as Private Ryan. Plus, look at some of the supporting cast. Vin Diesel, Bryan Cranston, Giovanni Ribisi, this film didn't get them wher they are now but its nice to see them in it. No bad performances. I love a film like that.
The direction and script work awesomely together. Stephen Spielberg's use of steady cam and epic lighing and sound mixing is one of the most unforgettable aspects of the film. This is the guy who did adventure films like Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and E.T.! Thirty minutes into Saving Private Ryan and we forget whos helming it. Amazing. Plus, Robert Rodat's script is flawless. Many of my favorite quotes came of Tom Hanks. Thanks for that, Rodat! I'm glad that its fiction, that way no historical errors aren't present. The D-Day scene was perfectly done.
The D-Day sequence is so epic, it deserves an entire paragraph in its honor. The scenes leading up to it are fantastic. For those who haven't seen this, I will warn you. This sequence is uneasy to watch. If you try to make edits to the film, the scene would suck. As a result, TNT plays the whole scene uncut and slaps a TV-MA rating on it. Spielberg and the actors create one of the most unforgettable and realisitc scenes in cinema. It is extremely violent and gory, but well done. From the lighting and sound, you will not forget it. I felt like I was there and the way the film illustrates it makes me think that thats how it really went down. It may have gone differently. Thanks, Spielberg.
Lastly, the pacing. The film is one of the longest I've ever seen but the film was set up well. Although, the way the story is told has become a cliche. Don't let that bring you down. Stellar performances, flawless script, and an astonishing shooting style, Saving Private Ryan fails to not fascinate the viewer.
"Picture a girl who took a nosedive from the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down."