Great, but the greatest?
This movie's famous first half hour show war in all its brutality: words cannot describe the feeling in the theater with the big screen images larger than life, floors rumbling, sound pulsing. it will probably be remembered for these brutal minutes, yet the movie is much more than that. it is a look at war itself and the people who fight in it. from omaha beach, capt. jack miller and his squad are sent to find a soldier who has been given a ticket home because three of his brothers have died. this plot has become legendary and has been parodied and spoofed to no end. but this movie is exceptionally complex, you bond with the men of the squad, and although a bit more development would have been nice, its still a compelling movie. the problem i have is that it has been called the best wwii film. discounting period films that didn't directly deal with war like schindler's list, i can think of a couple of equal or better ones right off the bat. the dirty dozen, a midnight clear, das boot, and the bridge on the river kwai. this is a great movie, but the others were superior in their own ways. dozen provided comic insight, midnight is my favorite wwii film and shows the evolution of boys to men, it is a touching coming of age story. das boot is a submarine story told from the side of the germans, they are developed as real, substantial young men who just wanted honor and glory, and you end up hoping they accomplish their mission even knowing it could be your relatives on those boats. kwai is the pacific theater, but it is so good and holds up so well, i just had to include it. alec guinness is a stubborn proud british officer who wants to build a bridge for the japanese as a testimony to the superiority of britain, but doesn't see the consequences. this movie definitely ranks among the best wwii movies, but calling one the best is like saying that orange is better than black, all of these movies are trying to say different things, and all do it well. -m-