Gods and Generals Reviews
The filmmakers are obviously Civil War obsessed, but the only benefit to that is the play-by-play battle recreations, but that doesn't count for much if they're filmed so clinically and sanitized that they become mere textbook portrayals. The generals and officers are so very idolized here that they bare no interest at all as they mechanically spout such reverential and sober monologues of tremendous self-importance, not unlike the overall approach to the material by the filmmakers.
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.