Sergeant York Reviews
There is a scene in which York is struck by lightning, which propels him to "find God." While it purports to be based on a true story, shit like that makes me doubt its veracity. What's worse is the film's treatment of York, who is portrayed without even enough sense to tie his shoes, yet by the end of the film, we're supposed to revere his bravery and conversion from conscientious objector to violence. This characterization - I balk at calling anyone in this film a "character" - not only paints Americans and Appalachians as decidedly anti-intellectual, but it also suggests that Christianity is mutable enough to be jettisoned at the first call of violent duty.
Overall, this film is both insulting and ridiculous.
Technical: Lots of nice sound stage production. Great framing, exposure, shot composition, well crafted film, and well done sets.
Narrative: Some fictionalization to increase dramatic tensions.
Character/Acting: Great supporting cast and extras. There is just enough comedy to lighten the serious demeanor of the film. The characters are real and believable. Excellent job done by Cooper as his character arcs and struggles against his choices and convictions.
Did I like it: Yes, a very enjoyable film.
Artistic merit: A well done patriotic film based on responsibility and convictions.
"Sgt. York" is a pretty good movie, but there are better ones. It has romance, moral conflict and fair action scenes.
The acting is pretty well done, especially Cooper's performance. Many of the actors, especially the one who plays York's younger brother, seem to just recite their lines instead of making the words coming from their mouths their own.
The directing is also pretty well done, but it's not spectacular. The battle scenes could have been done much better.
The battle scenes are well done, although it is pretty obvious when the scene is shot in a studio, as the sky in the background is obviously fake.
Only see this movie because of the story behind it, not for the movie itself.