After all the hype, what a complete disappointment.I wasn't tearful, shocked, moved, or otherwise effected when I was finished watching Saving Private Ryan. I was sitting there thinking "this movie won *The* Oscar"?
Let me tell you why this movie sucked: Gratuitous violence. Like the totally overplayed "shower" scene in Schindler's List, Spielgerg uses his "talent" for suspense to try and gross us out. That scene when Hanks is dragging the wounded soldier on the beach and then realizes half the body has been blown away was just the beginning. And by the way, that only works on film. I real life you wouldn't have to zoom the camera out to notice that the body got blown in half. Thank you Steve.
I have to say the most incredibly annoying thing about the film, one which made me extremely angry in fact, was the portrayal of German soldiers. They were pure evil. The only German soldier who we hear speaking is over the top. I'm not up on my German but I believe he says "This is so easy for me" as he sticks the knife slowly into the young american soldier at the end.
Give me a break. This is the end of the fucking '90s we can finally admit that the German soldier was just like the American soldier. Following orders. In fact, German soldiers were constantly in opposition of WW2. To pick one German character and make him so purely evil is just very typical Spielberg, the sheep herder.
And if you're going to make a movie so violent and moving, don't sprinkle it with Tom Hank's humour. It's offensive not to mention stupid.
Finally, the plot of this movie was really really dumb. I couldn't believe, in fact, how dumb it was. To me it seems like Spielgerg wanted to make a movie about the Normandy Invasion, with lots of violence, but that was as far as he thought. "Oh yeah, that plot will do just fine" he must have said pulling a random piece of paper out of the bag.It sucked. Thin Blue Line was much better, but neither come close to Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, or Hamburger Hill.