SAVING PRIVATE RYAN- MOVIE REVIEW

Right within the first ten minutes of this movie, you could tell that this wasn’t just going to be another generic war movie with heavy reliance on explosions or the excitement of the protagonist killing some Nazis. This film is meant to truly depict the horrors of wars and not just Hollywoodize the whole experience. Steven Spielberg helms this project beautifully, in the sense of not only accurately depicting what took place on that fateful day but also the mental stature of the soldiers going through it all. I also thoroughly enjoyed some of the artistic elements that Spielberg had to offer. I thought the eerie silence amidst all the explosion and gunfire panning across the casualties added a new degree of morbid realism. Though most of this movie is pretty dreary (as it is meant to be), whenever there is even a glimmer of hope for our protagonist there is just a profound feeling of happiness. This movie just magnifies your emotions that even the simplest laugh or just listening to a song just puts a smile on your face. Tom Hanks puts on a wonderful performance really depicting what a Captain might be going through physically and emotionally, at a time like this, coupled with his interesting character arc and characteristics . I felt the score by John Williams was strategically used, only to add more weight to a scene when it needed it, and not vacuously like so many other movies. The last thing I would like to praise is the masterful camera work and the adroit use of the hand held cam, adding to the realism. My only problems with the movie is that it appeared to drag a bit towards the end and its expandable crew.

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