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|Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2005 05:53 am||
For what it is worth, my main problem with "Gods and Generals" had nothing to do with the religious overtones, or that it's main focus was on Stonewall. Problem I had here, is that Ron Maxwell, somehow made the story of the Civil War boring, and his screenplay for the movie sucked.
As ks has mentioned, this movie had nothing to do with what Jeff Shaara had written in his book, and to say that film was based on his novel is a lie. How can a filmmaker lie to the audience who wanted to see the film? That's where he failed, and for him to rail about the bad publicity and bad reviews he got, all he should have done is look in the mirror, and realize he made a crappy movie. No anti Southern feelings here at all, and far from it.
Still cringe here when I see Jeff Daniels's monologue about Hail Ceasar right before the Battle of Fredericksburg, and had that occurred during the battle, and if I was a member of the 20th Maine, I would have shot him just to make him shut up..
Will leave you with this. I saw the movie here in NJ with Jim the Night Owl and a friend of his, and they both asked me what I thought when it was over. My exact quote was, "What the Hell was that?" Pained me to have that reaction, but just thought, and still think Maxwell did a horrible job with that movie.
Not sure if you have ever seen Ang Lee's "Ride With The Devil", and if not, get a copy and watch that, as that is the best CW movie since "Glory" came out, and done by a director who was not even born in the USA!!
Regards from the Garden State,