While the special effects are equally as impressive as the original, this movie seems to have lost the magic that the first one contained. While sequels aren't supposed to be as good as the originals, they aren't supposed to be THIS MUCH WORSE.
This film brings World War 2 to life, and while this film is gruesome and at times difficult to watch, so is war. Tom Hanks gives another Oscar-winning performance, and the rest of the cast compliment his character very well. My only complaint is that this movie is, at times, difficult to follow, due to so much going on at once during the action scenes.