Johnny Tremain Reviews
This movie was originally shot to be two episodes of Walt Disney's TV show, but Walt felt it was so good it could be combined to one film and released theatrically. I really enjoyed the first half of this movie, but the second half dragged a bit. Overall, it is still an enjoyable film, and it is a must for fans of the history of Walt Disney World (and possibly for history buffs as well).
Johnny Tremain is a manly silversmith apprentice who does his work and keeps his nose out of the political situation brewing between England and the colonies. However, he burns his hand in a manly accident and loses his manly ability to make silver. So he walks the Earth...and by Earth I mean Boston trying to find some manly work but his burnt hand gets in the way. Then he does decide to stick his nose into the political situation and joins the manly Sons of Liberty to fuck up England's shit.
The biggest question you're asking is mostly likely "This movie can't be as manly as you say!" Well you're right but there a couple manly one-liners here and there. But this is a Disney TV-movie from the 50's so the battle scenes are short and the violence is bloodless with over-dramatic death poses. But there is a similarity between this and 300, the manliest movie ever made, and that is they fight for freedom. Granted, Johnny Tremain is as historically accurate as 300, since it was about tyranny and taxes rather than freedom and ideals, but it was a bit fascinating to see a manly situation resulting in a manly war.
But there are some really good things, since this is a Disney movie through and through, the production values are pretty good. The matte paintings for the backgrounds are nice and they blend into the live-action settings really well. The costumes are decent but they're the same thing you seen in every other movie set during that time for better or worse. The acting is tolerable with no one being exceptionally good or horrible with one exception, that guy who played Mr. Otis. He was awesome as he made me believe that the war was actually fought for freedom since taxes were too unimportant to be worth warring for.
So this is a movie tailor-made to be shown during elementary school students. It's not too horrible and it digests the reasons for war into digestible chunks even it is wrong. I wish it could have been as manly as the tagline but maybe in the 1950's, this was plenty manly.
PS: World War II is the manliest war.