OK, I'll start this bad boy out here...
My wife and I recently made the horrendous mistake of going to see Gods and Generals
. Ouch. My wife is a college history professor and I'm always down for a good war flick with some intense battle scenes, so we had high hopes for this movie. As many of you have probably already heard, this movie runs a whopping 3 hours and 45 minutes
, and even includes an intermission
! Yes, you heard me right - the movie stops halfway through for a 12 minute intermission. Unbelievable!
But I've always been a big proponent of longer movie running times, so that wasn't such a big deal to me. What's not so cool however, is that this is one of the slowest moving films I've ever seen. We're talking long and drawn out poems, soliloquies, speeches, etc. Very painful to sit through. Even the few battle sequences were very slow, monotonous, predictable and stiff.
Furthermore, unless you've still got a confederate flag flying over your house, you'll really wind up questioning what the hell you just watched, and who actually won the Civil War. This movie is completely presented from the South's point of view (it's a Ted Turner Production), and makes it look like they won the war, and every battle therein. In all fairness to the movie though, it's represented (at the end) as being part of a Trilogy, the first (prequel) of which was the long ago released Gettysburg
, with another concluding installment showing the end of the war, due out in the future (don't recall the title).
It even goes so far as to present the two southern slaves in the movie (the only two black people, along with their families, in the whole flick) as absolutely loving their white masters and wanting to do anything possible to help them in any way. The movie even suggests that the South wanted to free the slaves. Huh? Say what? Very bizarre. My wife was rather outraged at the many historical inaccuries throughout this movie, and this is precisely the material that she's teaching at a university.
Finally, the trailers for this film make it look like it's about the characters portrayed by Robert Duvall (Robert E. Lee) and Jeff Daniels (a Union Captain - I think). Not the case at all. They're barely even in it. This movie is essentially a long, and drawn out biography of StoneWall Jackson - another of the South's General's. 90% of the film is solely about him, all the way down to a mind-numbing 20 minute segment of his rather odd friendship with a little girl. Not at all what I was anticipating or hoping for, to say the least.
My grade for this movie is a resounding D- (my wife gave it an F). I would highly recommend avoiding this movie at all costs. Rent it on video if you must, but you'll still waste $4 and be disappointed, I guarantee it! Just go watch Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers again instead...
As for newly released rentals, if you're into scary and suspenseful movies, I'd highly recommend you rent The Ring
if you haven't seen it yet, which was just released this week. I originally caught it in the theaters, but I'm sure you'll need an extra pair of underwear if you just watch it on your TV at home as well!
This isn't a horror/slasher flick by any means, but it does have some pretty gnarley sequences that would be way too intense for younger viewers. Good movie. Check it out, if you dare...
So what have you all seen lately...