gods and generals reviews

GODS AND GENERALS paints a brilliant portrait of the Christian lives of the great military leaders during the tumultuous years leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. Gods and Generals (despite the ravages of many critics) is a very good film. This a decent movie and a wonderful tribute to a fine, fine man in General "Stonewall" Jackson, but I didn't rate it higher only because it's not a film I would watch many times. Jackson appears to be a monster, but was that what the director intended? Don't have an account? Susan LaFollette I started with Gods and Generals, am almost done, and then going to Killer Angels. A pause button will be helpful to stop the DVD and discuss some of the points with the kids is a good tactic to us. Are we supposed to take their false moralizing at face value, or is this a satire? Imagine watching half of Band of Brothers in one sitting, but with the story moving at a much slower pace. Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 Page 1 of 7 This is just a Ted Turner vanity project that should have been made for TV. 18 years ago. This film is historically accurate, deeply moving, and with outstanding acting by all concerned. It IS too long if you have Attention Deficit Disorder or have been raised upon television sitcoms and the constant jump-cuts & meritricious visual razzle-dazzle of TV commercials and music videos. Directed by Ron Maxwell. Cinafilm has collected 71 user reviews of Gods and Generals (2003) written by amateur reviewers - members of the cinema-going public. Users wrote generally positive reviews of Gods and Generals (2003), giving it an average score of 73%. Jeff Daniels and others give their side in eloquent dialogue for their feelings on the conflict. Despite an apparent attention to historical accuracies including battle recreations from hundreds of professional Civil War reenactors, the film falls far short from achieving a feeling of historical authenticity. However for those who love history and have an open mind then this is the movie for you. Gettysburg concentrated more on the bravery of ordinary soldiers, and in some instances, their equivocal feelings, to better effect. it seems inconceivable that more than 200 serious votes would give this masterpiece the lowest rating, a mere one, which likens it to seedy B movie trash. | Sign up here. worth seeing just for lang and duvall, and the supporting cast is just as impressive. Great Civil War film that DOES NOT WHITEWASH slavery. I am fairly confident that the majority of Americans will not like nor support this film due to its overall pro-southern emphasis. during our Civil War. I suppose Gone With the Wind would be criticized the same if released today. Apparently what some critics actually desire are cool special effects, with exploding bodies and mangled limbs flying across the screen. If you ask me, you're better off watching documentaries about the civil war. robert duvall is a far, far better lee than martin sheen could ever hope to be. The film "Gods and Generals" is essentially a biographical film about General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson of the CSA. It seems to have escaped them that the Civil War was fought in Victorian times, and that the Victorians were extremely pious and sentimental, not to mention hypocritical. Gods and Generals movie reviews & Metacritic score: Gods and Generals, the screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel and prequel to the acclaimed drama … I am a big..big fan of the original Gettysburg..and a civil war buff.....I am not sure what happened but it seems like it was made by "Confederate lovers of America".....incredibly one-sided....cheesy preachy dialog... and laughable scenes of Sonewall Jackson praying with his slave to end slavery,(sure that happened!!!! Gods and Generals was released in 2003 and has generally received mixed reviews. Billy Crystal once said, "We know where we would be without the critics, but where would they be without us?" Chuck Rudolph. | A labour of love with special interest to history buffs, this epic film is extraordinary in many ways. Revisionist hooey! GODS AND GENERALS is a careful, meticulous, lovingly crafted three and a half hour chronicle of the Civil War. The canonization of Stonewall is silly. Since I started to research and become passionate about the histoeical topic of the American Civil War, I have loved Gods and Generals. By Phil Boatwright, posted February 19, 2003 in . The lulls are just too long for a film that goes over 3 1/2 hours. He was a decidedly unpretty man, but the depiction here is of a man who might model men's work clothes in an LL Bean catalog. The United States was the last but one country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery (Brazil being the last). They say it is pro-slavery. Critics hate it because it doesn't kowtow to the conventional thought. I have heard it said that history is written by the victors--- and that's probably true. An interesting film weakened by ham-fisted writing and direction and heavy-handed revisionism. If You Don't Know Who Sandy Pendleton Is, Stay Away, one of the great epic films of the decade. For example, we know that Stonewall rode with his left hand raised to keep his "humors in balance" and was constantly concerned about his alimentary health. On the other hand were reviews from Roger Ebert and others critics who I respected that said it wasn't very good. His religious zealotry is offered only as a deep and beautiful faith. At the same time, I wasn’t overwhelmed with gore as audiences of Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers have been. The battle scenes are weak and not very exciting either. For all the effort, not half the film which Gettysburg was. I use this as my basis for the history and narrative of the US civil war. War may be Hell, but in this three-and-a-half-hour Civil War epic from Ronald Maxwell, the syrupy monologues and righteous Bible thumping provide the punishment. Rating 1/10 avoid this film at all costs. Stephen Lang's performance of Stonewall Jackson should be remembered at Oscar time. Lee himself said "I believe that seccesion is unconstitutional and I believe that slavery is an immoral and political evil in any society". The direction is bad as Ronald F. Maxwell did a much better job with Gettysburg. The third and final installment, The Last Full Measure, was in pre-production but lost financing and has been suspended indefinitely. (Many believe the Civil War might have gone differently had Jackson survived.) I recently read Shelby Footes 3 volume narrative, which I found compelling, excellently written and fairly authoritative. As a historian I was constantly baffled by how little military strategy is a part of the film. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. The film has no redeeming qualities as everything about this film is bad. Overall, cinema-goers prefer the movie, giving it an average score of 73%, compared to film critics, who gave it a lower average score of 45%. Not a bad film as Civil War films go, but the character of Stonewall Jackson, a hypochondriacal, anal-retentive, religious zealot as the saintly character played by Steven Lang is a little far-fetched. Big mistake, Gods and Generals is the dullest film I have ever seen. Part Three is threatened. Gods and Generals mimics history by treating slavery as the unacknowledged elephant in the room, the cause behind the cause of the war. The film plays like a special issue of American Heritage. The sound and special effects were well done, and it gives you the feel that you are there in 1863. Read some reviews to get the verdict from film fans! You be the judge, but honestly if history and the Civil War are not your thing then don't see the movie. Like a three-hour-and-49-minute long lesson in Civil war trilogy and the second installment of us! 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