My name is John F Eilermann Jr. and I have a soft spot for anything historical about World War II. I have a whole library of books and DVDs on the subject matter. They are all entertaining as well as informative.
But I have to say, as far as feature films go, the John F Eilermann Jr. choice for the definitive take on WWII would be Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.
While I’ve enjoyed a number of great productions of the Second World War, none of them come close to Spielberg’s war piece.
For starters, the first 15 minutes of the movie are probably the most gripping of any film ever made. And the scope in which it was filmed makes it all the more a technical marvel. Ever the master director, Spielberg recreates events as realistic as can be. Even novice viewers can appreciate the atmosphere he fosters throughout the film as Tom Hanks and company make their way through a devastated and perilous countryside to save one man.
There is so much to admire in Saving Private Ryan, from its unique cinematography (Spielberg applies camera effects to dull colors) to its powerful performances (who knew Vin Diesel could act) to, yes, its faithfulness to history (although the main plot was fictional, everything little detail was spot on).
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