Reviews written by registered user
|1 reviews in total|
This is perhaps one of the most ambitious, epic WW2 films to have been made;
certainly it is the last of the classic B&W films made about the subject.
Featuring an all-star cast (John Wayne, Richard Burton, Kurt Jurgens... even
a cameo by Sean Connery!), it comprehensively details the build-up and
execution of the Normandy landings in 1944, taking care to show how the
event was perceived by Allied and Axis soldiers and commanders, as well as
the Free French resistance. This is a film that takes great care in
documenting the events of the day, without lapsing into sickly
sentimentalism or getting distracted with fictional characters' personal
lives (a failing of many WW2 movies since about 1970), or over-emphasising
any one nation's importance in the operation (although, admittedly,
Canadians may feel a little short-changed).
Classic moments abound, notably the landing at St.Mere-Eglise and the soldier who gets caught in the church steeple, the frustrations of the front-line German commanders and fighters, and the numerous cameos for film nerds to keep track of.
If you want a wartime romance, or an appearance by Matt Damon or Ben Affleck, or long, loving shots of the Stars & Stripes in slo-mo, or a gritty blood'n'guts fest, you'll be disappointed. This film has broader concerns, and was made with much more thoroughness. There is no agenda at work here, pro-war or anti-. It is solely concerned with documenting Operation "Overlord" for the film-going public, and succeeds brilliantly; a shame then, that it has not made the top 50 war films list.
A must-see for any fan of war films.