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Gods and Generals (2003)
Very, very disappointing
I read Killer Angels and have seen Gettysburg at least 10 times. Gettysburg is a monumental classic. I did not read Killer Angels until after seeing Gettysburg several times and the book had me captivated.
So when I heard that that G&G was coming out, I ran to buy the book. Immediately, I knew this book was no Killer Angels. I had hoped to plod through the book before I saw the movie, but I didn't. I went to see the movie this weekend and after doing so, I doubt I will ever finish the book.
While magnificent in its cinematic artistry and impressive in the special effect makeup of the towns such as Fredricksburg, the story just did nothing. The movie was slow, plodding and not at all intrigueing.
As much as I liked the Chamberlain character in Gettysburg, he was nothing but a boring introspective persona in this film. There is one embarrasing scene where a battle is going on and Chamberlain is heard narrarating some sort of verse from who knows where about war as he looks at the battle commence.
The portrayal of the slaves as being treated with such dignity and respect is false and misleading. I think that portraying slavery that way is offensive and belittles the absolute atrocity and heinous nature of the way slaves were put upon during that time.
All in all, very disappointed and will not seek to see this film on dvd or on any Turner network. I will continue to watch Gettysburg anytime it comes on.