Steven Spielberg has been credited a lot for his work on cinema, much like directors like Kubrick, Scorsese, George & many other directors proved in their lifetime just how well high production big action blockbusters could be well done. With Steven's films like Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, Duel, and others he's given his stamp on the industry as a whole and has genuinely earned the respect of almost everyone who's worked in Hollywood. But even for the late 1990's, none of that would come close to ever winning him an Oscar despite his films gaining a high traction in pop culture. That was until his nomination for WW2 film: Schindler's List & this little gem that won him his first ever Academy Award: Saving Private Ryan. This film has been UNIVERSALLY praised for almost how close it reconciles in sentimentality and also it's ultra-grey realism of war in both it's setting, characters, and especially the way it's action sequences play out. So much so that I never personally got the time to give it my fullest attention, up until now. And to get to the question out of the way of whether I liked it or not: YES! I LOVED IT! I never thought there could be such an emotional and disturbing war film quite on this scale before, as someone who enjoys history altogether. And I enjoyed my pleasant surprise to find how the minute the film cuts to it's first action set piece (the one most people consider to be one of the best parts of the whole film) It left quite possibly one of the best impressions for the rest of the film from: Fantastic acting from the squad Captain Miller commands including himself, set pieces so tight and well produced it was downright distracting, cinematography from Janus Kaminski that made me just utterly appreciate how dark and unpleasant the setting for our film is, action so well directed and shot it it's kind of insulting as to why more war films don't follow in this type of format MATURELY, characters so well fleshed out and unpredictable, a story very well written (and not shocking since Frank Darabont, my all time favourite old-school writer/directors) and emotionally gripping it made me forget any issues it plagued, the overly r-rated violence used maturely through the film, and is just....overall is so amazingly well executed that I think it ranks up HIGHLY in my favourite films of all time. And while slight issues are present much like in any film, mostly nitpicky and cynical observations, like the odd slow-motion and sometimes often dragged on pace, this is a film to still GO AND SEE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Seeing this for the first time really shocked me in how well executed it would be, and gives me a more genuine respect to Spielberg, as it makes me wish he went back to doing R rated films again like Saving Private Ryan.
Score: 9.5 / 10