MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#11 of 47) – Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Encore Review 7


 

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #11 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Initial Viewing Memories – saw this film in the theater on Opening night and was (and still is) one of the most engrossing theatrical experiences of my life.  I went to see it again in the theater a few weeks later since I knew that I would probably never get the chance to see this film again on the big screen

“I looked up “fubar” in the German dictionary and there’s no fubar in here.” – Corporal Upham

Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (Twice in the theater, video, DVD, 2 May 2013, 1 Jul 2014, 22 Feb 2016, 2 Jul 2017, 9 Jul 2017, 12 Jun 2018, 4 Jun 2019 and 7 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A squad of soldiers are sent on a mission deep into enemy territory in order to find a soldier who’s brothers died on D-Day and bring him home safely.

My Take on it – As a former Infantry soldier, this is a movie that I love to watch largely because it is able to give every one a first hand perspective of what it is like to be in the midst of a real modern day battle.

This movie opens up with the landing on D-Day at Omaha Beach and the first half hours is one of the most intense minutes ever filmed because the camera work makes the viewer feel as if they are right there with these men as they carry on their assault.

The film is quite powerful and is filled with lots of messages about the horrors of war while keeping things poignant throughout.

The story is fictional yet takes place within something that really happened.

The characters are developed quite well and even though the squad is a bit stereotypical of a war movie, we get to know each of them very well along their journey.

This isn’t a fairy tale and things get very graphic and brutal as the story unfolds, but that adds to the realism of like during a war.

The cast is superbly led by Tom Hanks who gives another great performance that towers over every one else largely due to the subtle nature of everything he does.

The supporting cast is also great and enhance the story so much because they each feel like realistic characters who we can easily care about as the story unfolds.

The music by John Williams is excellent and is such a powerful and poignant tune.

Even after 22 years, I truly believe that this is the film that was most cheated out of a Best Picture Oscar… How could Shakespeare in Love (1998) beat this film????? even if it was able to win Best Director for Steven Spielberg.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Omaha Beach battle was filmed in sequence over a four-week period, moving the action up the beach shot by shot and day by day. Steven Spielberg claims that none of it was storyboarded in advance. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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