Michael T. Giovanniello of Burbank is a freelance writer.
I found this highly anticipated film, although well executed,
directed and acted, to be tedious and repetitive. It failed to
develop a sense of reality for me. Then again, perhaps that is what
war does to people.
The nearly four-hour presentation, divided by a brief intermission
and replete with agonizing battle scenes, seemed ponderous. This
storytelling, with its multiple captioning of events and strategic
Civil War highlights, seemed more suited to a documentary. The first
half of the story centered on introductions and the early stages of
the Civil War, while the second half focused on the lives of the
Told from a distinct Confederate point of view and depicting many
of the military leaders of the time, there is an emphasis on generals
Robert E. Lee and Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, their dedication, sense
of duty, honor and the borderline sanctimonious religious beliefs
that influenced their lives and times.
Unfortunately for me, the grinning face of Ted Turner in a cameo
appearance completely undermined the efforts and millions of dollars
spent on recreating this serious, authentic and remarkably accurate
depiction of the horrors of war in general and the Civil War in
‘Gods and Generals’ is rated PG-13 for sustained battle sequences.
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