Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Please note: the tone of Schuster at the Movies is meant to be light-hearted and fun. With Remembrance Day just around the corner, I want to make it clear that while this blog may critically assess, and even poke some good-natured fun at WWII classics such as The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far and Saving Private Ryan, none of my reviews are intended to disrespect either our veterans or the sacrifices they made on our behalf.
Synopsis: Tom Hanks finds that touring the French countryside is vastly overrated.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan is an unforgettable film achievement that has had profound and lasting impact throughout the world.”

What Did I Learn?: American soliders enjoy listening to Edith Piaf songs as they await a big battle.

You Might Like This Movie If: Deep down, you know that Rangers Lead the Way.

Really?: Considering they were low on ammo, and their mission was to save Private Ryan, I’m still not sure why Tom Hanks’ character decided to take out that machine gun nest and risk further casualties.

Rating: Saving Private Ryan is a brilliantly-made film achievement and well worth viewing. That said, the violence depicted is extremely realistic and bloody – it’s not a movie for kids. 9/10 stars.

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