Saving Private Ryan (1998) (mini-review++)

sav.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 8

directing 8

effects 10

editing 7

writing 7


4 out of 5 🐙


It was too long. Tom Hanks was great. Tom Hanks is always great. Remember Tom Sizemore? What happened to him? I mean I know the story about him being crazy but still. Hollywood usually forgives crazy.  For me, Barry Pepper had the funniest lines and stole his scenes. But what I remember most and what I think most people will never forget is the beach landing. After being raised on gratuitous violence in the 80s, I thought I was completely desensitized to gore. I was wrong. I don’t think there has ever been as gory (or as realistic? I’m not a military historian so I have no idea) or violent or overwhelming a battle scene in cinema. I still can’t watch that sequence without cringing. In general, I just don’t watch it when I rewatch this movie. Isn’t it odd that both of Steven Speilberg’s Best Picture wins are World War II era? Look, they are well made. But I will always prefer Spielberg’s magical works: E.T., Close Encounters. Those have always hit my soul the hardest.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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