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 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+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 #46 of the 48.
Initial Viewing Memories – Watched this on TV when it came out in 2010 and was glued to the screen each week as this story unfolds. It is so comprehensive and powerful and needs to be watched over and over in order to even try and grasp it all.
“You wanna live? Get off the beach!” – Sgt. John Basilone
Number of Times Seen – 4 (14 Mar-16 May 2010, 22-23 Jun 2014, 10-11 Mar 2019 and 28 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Tells the tale of 3 marines who fought in the Pacific theater during World War II.
My Take on it – Such an amazing miniseries tat works so well due to the detailed accounts of the stories of these men They do a superb job telling these stories from different perspectives while also allowing the viewer to learn so much about these men, their comrades in battle and the grueling conditions that they faced throughout. Love the way that each of their stories are told from a more unique perspective which allows us to understand so much more about the kind of lives these men needed to live during that time They go into much detail about many of the events shown here and that helps gain an even better understanding of it all. The cast is great and the choice to use actors who are not in the top tier enhances the realism of it all. The mini narration by Tom Hanks who produced this miniseries at the beginning of each part helps give us more focus in everything that transpires here. The battle scenes are filmed in grueling detail and that adds so much to the fears and realism of everything being shown here in order to not sugarcoat anything that happens. The choice to focus on some characters who didn’t make it out alive also enhances the realism of the story because that is also a fact of war. The way that these characters are affected by war on both physical and psychological levels is shown really well and does a great job of taking another step towards helping a casual viewer get a better understanding of the horrors of war. This miniseries is quite intense and gets better upon every rewatch. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Trying to avoid the long shooting and production process of Band of brothers (2001), which took several years, The Pacific had several units shooting episodes at the same time all over 2009. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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