worth seeing just for lang and duvall, and the supporting cast is just as impressive. The direction is bad as Ronald F. Maxwell did a much better job with Gettysburg. The rise and fall of confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, as he meets with military success against the Union from 1861 to 1863, when he is accidentally killed by his own soldiers. A pause button will be helpful to stop the DVD and discuss some of the points with the kids is a good tactic to us. It amazes me that the people who made this film could not see what a mind-numbing, boring turkey they had produced. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads, "Filled with two-dimensional characters and pompous self-righteousness, Gods and Generals is a long, tedious sit. "Gods and Generals" is a horrible disservice to people trying to understand American history, and to the millions of real people who suffered pain, death, heartache, etc. External Reviews The United States was the last but one country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery (Brazil being the last). Actually, I was shocked that the movie I just saw was in no way, the movie that so many people called out right disapointing. "Gods and Generals" is well-made, old-fashioned film that gives an absorbing view of the U.S. Civil War and one of its leading figures. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Bold choice that will hopefully pay-off in the video/dvd world since it probably didn't in the theatres. God's and Generals is a great read for any who want to learn about the Civil War without having to read a "history boom". GODS AND GENERALS paints a brilliant portrait of the Christian lives of the great military leaders during the tumultuous years leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. Gods and Generals mimics history by treating slavery as the unacknowledged elephant in the room, the cause behind the cause of the war. First some background - I am from the UK, and have always had an interest in the US civil war. For all the effort, not half the film which Gettysburg was. Not very much blood. during our Civil War. Indeed, Gods and Generals does a fine job proving him right. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. For one, all the foot soldiers are old men who are so obviously re-enacters that the action scenes have no weight. Two criticisms of the movie have been made repeatedly: (1) it's "too long"; and (2) it doesn't accurately portray the horrors of war. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall) who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern states where he was born and raised. On the other hand were reviews from Roger Ebert and others critics who I respected that said it wasn't very good. First, it was a majorly complex civil war battle recreation, next, it was portrayals of famous civil wars generals in a very broad way, and lastly a very specific interpretation of Stonewall Jackson of the Confederates. Well, the very VERY rich Ted Turner seems to be one of them. Then again, a historical film doesn't require explicit blood and gore in order to feel authentic. All rights reserved. Doctors in tents cut's soldiers legs off, and do surgical work. Gettysburg concentrated more on the bravery of ordinary soldiers, and in some instances, their equivocal feelings, to better effect. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. But, conveying this means that it does not go into the broader historical context of slavery. You be the judge, but honestly if history and the Civil War are not your thing then don't see the movie. Billy Crystal once said, "We know where we would be without the critics, but where would they be without us?" It may be an effort to contrast Jackson's of his grief for the death of the little girl with his apparent enthusiasm for setting thousands of young men to kill each other, but if so, the scene with the girl and the family are far too long to make that point. In Gods and Generals, Shaara utilizes historically factual material to compose a work that examines the lives of a handful of notable Civil War leaders from 1858 to the summer of 1863 when the battle of Gettysburg occurs. Yep. Although Duvall resembles R.E. Stirring, well-acted, and intelligent film about the war. Most of these people like Lee and Jackson loved the Union Army and were not seccesionists. I'm sure for MTV critics any movie over 90 minutes is epic. These men were fighting for their homes and what they believed in. Major engagements are quickly glossed over with little explanation. See it, and decide for yourself about this film. This film is historically accurate, deeply moving, and with outstanding acting by all concerned. It seems to have escaped them that the Civil War was fought in Victorian times, and that the Victorians were extremely pious and sentimental, not to mention hypocritical. steven lang was screwed for not getting best actor consideration, particularly given his awesome overhaul from the flawless depiction of pickett in gettysburg a decade earlier. It did present the extent to which public figures at the time were motivated in their own conscious mind by religion, including generals, but given the fact that the South was fighting to maintain slavery, the message seemed confused. The film plays like a special issue of American Heritage. For example, we know that Stonewall rode with his left hand raised to keep his "humors in balance" and was constantly concerned about his alimentary health. Apparently what some critics actually desire are cool special effects, with exploding bodies and mangled limbs flying across the screen. Some critics condemn it as being sympathetic with the Southern cause. cinematography is incredible, and the scope of the film is extraordinarily ambitious. Now Playing: Gods and Generals Video Review The game's music generally consists of the same four-to-five-second loop of phony, synthesized orchestral music that hiccups each time it … Those who have no idea, or interest, as to who this man was should probably stick to such heavyweight box-office competition such as "Agent Cody Banks," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," or "Daredevil" instead. The acting, writing, cinematography are all of top quality. It may be just as well. Lots of battle. Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino are all very good actors yet they can't save this film. Lee much more than Martin Sheen in "Gods", Sheen gives a much more personified performance as Lee in "Gettysburg". As a result, an otherwise talented ensemble actors portray an otherwise fascinating collection of historical figures, in a fashion lacking of anything remotely resembling a human personality. Simply put, the movie was poor at best in all aspects of production. Read GameSpot player reviews and contribute your own! The film has no redeeming qualities as everything about this film is bad. I am fairly confident that the majority of Americans will not like nor support this film due to its overall pro-southern emphasis. Read some reviews to get the verdict from film fans! The people of these south, having absolutely nothing to deserve any of this, start their own country to defend themselves and a polite, bearded, General named Lee leads them and this other polite, bearded, General named Jackson is his second in command. Big mistake, Gods and Generals is the dullest film I have ever seen. I think a third movie would be in order to complete the Civil Story story. )....and his slaves lying to Northern soldiers to keep their property from being looted....Was is really a war between with greedy North...and the Christian, righteous, glorious South?? But this film makes him an angel such as he never really was. Men line up with their rifles (in a mode of combat no longer practiced), blast away at each other nearly face-to-face, and drop en masse like bags of bloody meat. Cinafilm has collected 71 user reviews of Gods and Generals (2003) written by amateur reviewers - members of the cinema-going public. ), but it's not nearly as entertaining. Characters quote poetry from memory and sometimes speak in almost biblical cadences, in the same way that Lincoln's speeches were deeply influenced by the language of the King James Bible. Swapping politics for crass platitudes, Gods and Generals is a monumental folly. This is a film as remote and unyielding as an untouched textbook. At the same time, I wasn’t overwhelmed with gore as audiences of Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers have been. The battle scenes were probably the most realistic ever portrayed of the civil war and over-whelmingly long. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes lists an 8% approval rating while Metacritic lists a score of 30, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". By Phil Boatwright, posted February 19, 2003 in . Bad Bad Bad, I watched this thinking I might get a handle on the Civil War - Wrong only religious sentimental claptrap, Bad script, badly acted bad CGI and awful beards. Then there is 'Gods and Generals,' cut from the same production cloth as 'Gettysburg' but a film of very loose ends. Jackson appears to be a monster, but was that what the director intended? Gods and Generals is the worst movie of 2003 and one of the worst movies I have ever seen. | My View in Summary: Overall, I enjoyed the movie (despite some of its apparent flaws), and I plan to see it again in the theater, as well as purchase the extended version when it comes out on DVD. They all give bad performances and this is one film they should keep off their resume. His religious zealotry is offered only as a deep and beautiful faith. By. It was extremely bold for Ted Turner pictures to present this 4-hour long movie in the theatres but it probably would have been a better movie at 2 ½ hours. I liked Gettysburg and the novel "Gods and Generals" better. All I should have to tell you about this film is that Ted Turner plays George Patton's grandfather. Meticulous Civil War story runs a little long. Regarding the lack of maps just go to Wikipedia and look up the battles. robert duvall is a far, far better lee than martin sheen could ever hope to be. Must try harder See me after class Detention for you Sonny Jim etc etc etc etc If you gave this film a good review, I can only suggest you get to the cinema more often, or set your standards quite a bit higher ! This movie accurately shows the events leading up to the war. In the end, this film is defiantly worth skipping and its my worst film of 2003. I had heard great things about the new movie Gods and Generals. Grueling and plodding, the film is almost the antithesis of `Gone With the Wind,' in that while both films are epic tales told from the viewpoint of the defeated South, `Gods and Generals' (unlike the earlier film) has been essentially drained of all emotion, drama and characterization. The costumes and sets were very believeable and historically accurate. Stephen Lang's performance of Stonewall Jackson should be remembered at Oscar time. The movie caught this perfectly, with Jackson's assumption that God's will is his will -- the scene before the battle on Sunday, the contrast between his sentimental love of children and his 'Kill them all' about his enemies, the constant references to Bible verses ripped out of context. Thinks it is grand without ever being so. Such is a great movie trashed by the critics and they miss the whole reason for this masterpiece. This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. `Gods and Generals' plays less like a movie and more like a three-hour-and-49-minute long lesson in Civil War history. Perhaps an R-rated film, instead of an audience friendly PG-13 rated film, would have increased realism in a movie about one of the bloodiest chapters in our nation's history. The lulls are just too long for a film that goes over 3 1/2 hours. Great film. Despite an apparent attention to historical accuracies including battle recreations from hundreds of professional Civil War reenactors, the film falls far short from achieving a feeling of historical authenticity. Gods and Generals for PC game reviews & Metacritic score: The action and drama of the American Civil War comes to life in this new game from the creators of "Gods & Generals… The portrait of Jackson is accurate from the big issues (his profound religious faith) down to the trivial (his fondness for lemonade). The weird thing about the movie is that it drifted back-and-forth between sides allowing us to see the `realness' of the characters but halfway thru the Jeff Daniels' character started becoming God-fearing as well. Rating 1/10 avoid this film at all costs. REVIEW: Gods & Generals. Since the story revolves around Stonewall Jackson it will obviously give his point of view on the subject also. The film also tried to do too much: Gettysburg also has its very boring parts, but is unified by concentrating on the major stages of one battle. It's the right length to give an earnest and thoughtful account of a great general's life and a turning point in American history, even world history. Gods and Generals (despite the ravages of many critics) is a very good film. `Gods and Generals' may be a more `realistic' war film than `Gone With the Wind' (what wouldn't be? If that doesn't raise some flags I don't know what would. 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