By. I had heard great things about the new movie Gods and Generals. 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. This review is based on the movie and the quality of the movie not the historical accuracy or inaccuracy. It is a beautiful film to look at, with great feeling for the often-wild landscape of the era; in this respect, it gains immeasurably from being seen on a full-scale theatrical screen. Swapping politics for crass platitudes, Gods and Generals is a monumental folly. 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. Lots of dead bodies. 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. Lee himself said "I believe that seccesion is unconstitutional and I believe that slavery is an immoral and political evil in any society". Because of a lackluster, sappy, script and horrible editing, this film wastes an absolutely top notch performance by Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson. Jackson and others may have been convinced that God was on their side, but how exactly did they square that with support for a system that had already been abolished in the British Empire? `Gods and Generals' may be a more `realistic' war film than `Gone With the Wind' (what wouldn't be? Regarding the length of the movie, all I can say is that I wasn't bored at all, or restless, just fascinated with what was happening on screen. Maxwell continues his textbook emphasis on military maneuvers, but despite literally thousands of Civil War reenactors recruited for the film, the wide-screen canvas fails to map the tactics or evoke the terror of battle. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Its not that I can't watch a long movie as all three Lord of the Rings were pretty good. 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. Because God is on their side, the kind, virtuous, heroic, men of the southern army prevail in several combat engagements against the godless, sex-crazed, murderous barbarians of the north. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. You be the judge, but honestly if history and the Civil War are not your thing then don't see the movie. And he seems to have used his power and wealth to re-write history to suit his own self-identity process. Billy Crystal once said, "We know where we would be without the critics, but where would they be without us?" Gods and Generals movie reviews & Metacritic score: Gods and Generals, the screen adaptation of Jeff Shaara's heralded best-selling novel and prequel to the acclaimed drama … Yes slavery was a cause, but not THE cause. When a group of people who are obviously senior citizens are "Charging" (more like hobbling) into the breach well...let's just say it doesn't float. Also other long films have been quite enjoyable. REVIEW: Gods & Generals. Movie Review: Gods and Generals By William B. Feis. | Over-produced civil war movie with excellent portrayal of Stonewall... period detail, but overlong, sentimental, and unclear as to its message. 1st watched 8/23/2003 - 5 out of 10(Dir-Ron Maxwell): Over-produced civil war movie with excellent portrayal of Stonewall Jackson by Stephen Lang. Instead Gods and Generals holds no resonance whatsoever meticulously plotting out the details and making this decisive moment in American history interminable at three and a half hours. In one memorable scene, Col. Chamberlain [Jeff Daniels] sleeps on the nighttime battlefield using his fellow soldiers' corpses as bedding; come daylight, he uses those same corpses to absorb flying enemy bullets once the battle resumes anew. 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. 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. [Blu-ray]. Cinafilm has collected 71 user reviews of Gods and Generals (2003) written by amateur reviewers - members of the cinema-going public. Lee much more than Martin Sheen in "Gods", Sheen gives a much more personified performance as Lee in "Gettysburg". If you are clueless about the Civil War and the 1860-65 period then it will seem downright weird and you won't like it. The period detail is impressive and clearly most effort went into its creation, and the actors make what they can of it, but it is far too long, not enough action and sickly sentimental. On one hand there were enthusiastic reviews by Civil War buffs and some columnists. Doctors in tents cut's soldiers legs off, and do surgical work. And...intentionally or not...conveys the impression that the film uncritically celebrates the Confederacy. There are at least three fine speeches by Martha, Jim Lewis and Lawrence Chamberlain bringing out the wrongness of that issue. Critics hate it because it doesn't kowtow to the conventional thought. Unlike most, I did not read the book, and when first viewing the film, was not aware there was one. On the other hand were reviews from Roger Ebert and others critics who I respected that said it wasn't very good. 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. Forgot your password? This film is about as interesting as a history class except it lasts a lot longer. The portrait of Jackson is accurate from the big issues (his profound religious faith) down to the trivial (his fondness for lemonade). Gods and Generals is an over the top movie about historical characters who, for the past near 150 years have been portrayed in every media form as larger than life and nearly God-like. I use this as my basis for the history and narrative of the US civil war. For the first time, I am very disapointed with the vast majority of reviews on a movie on IMDB. 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". A man walks up with no arm and its bloody. It may be just as well. 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. 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. Indeed, Gods and Generals does a fine job proving him right. "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. Gods and Generals is the worst movie of 2003 and one of the worst movies I have ever seen. When you watch the film, try and keep that in mind and don't listen to these doorknobs who claim that everybody in the northern states were all righteous and pure and wanted to liberate the black slaves in the south and that all southerners were racist traitors, dry that out and you could fertilize Central Park in New York. Great film. 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. Overall, cinema-goers prefer the movie, giving it an average score of 73%, compared to film critics, who gave it a lower average score of 45%. Stephen Lang's performance of Stonewall Jackson should be remembered at Oscar time. I grant, a clever and courageous General, he deserves all our proper honor. Every minute of it's close to four hours is worth it. How you could make a movie about the greatest tactician of the War and not examine his strategies in depth is a mystery to me. This movie deserved to fail, and, though I am in some ways sorry that "Last Full Measure" will therefore not be produced, I am apprehensive what these filmmakers would have done with it. And Yep. "Gods and Generals" is a movie of great integrity and power -- one made by adults for adults. February 24, 2003. The battle scenes were probably the most realistic ever portrayed of the civil war and over-whelmingly long. Actually, it is more of a character study than a war film, and appeals to many different audiences. 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. 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 film is historically accurate, deeply moving, and with outstanding acting by all concerned. The United States was the last but one country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery (Brazil being the last). However for those who love history and have an open mind then this is the movie for you. 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. The acting, writing, cinematography are all of top quality. This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The movie suggests that he rode with his hand raised only to stem the bleeding from a wound. There is a certain flow and sprightliness to Jeff Shaara’s prose. The religious overtones given by the characters of both sides conformed with the religious feelings of the times that is lacking today and as such it gives the critics something else to condemn. I highly recommend this book. 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. on. A labour of love with special interest to history buffs, this epic film is extraordinary in many ways. 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. Even Jackson says that slavery should be abandoned. I was surprised that they messed up this film so bad and there's still talk of another film. If the movie was only this, it would have been a much better movie. A rich man's attempt to "buy" history. Seriously, if you have no idea who Sandy Pendleton is then you have no business seeing this movie. Directed by Ron Maxwell. It is long, but it is a good 'rainy day' movie. Gods and Generals is an over the top movie about historical characters who, for the past near 150 years have been portrayed in every media form as larger than life and nearly God-like. Gods and Generals is, however, fun to read. Metadata: Format(s): Text Articles Share this post: THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BP)–The sweeping Civil War epic begins in early 1861 and continues through 1863, just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. | 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. But who is the victor now? Gods and Generals - A prequel to the movie Gettysburg, "Gods and Generals" is a 3-hour historic drama about the early years of the Civil War, ending in 1863 with the Battle of Chancellorsville, where Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded by his own soldiers. One of the best things about this film is that it does not follow the PC slime that is so prevalent in society. If you knew absolutely nothing about the American Civil War you might come away from Gods and Generals believing something like this: A sociopath named Lincoln decides one day in 1861 to raise an army to invade the south because he just feels like doing that. The film plays like a special issue of American Heritage. It amazes me that the people who made this film could not see what a mind-numbing, boring turkey they had produced. A stiff and stilted historical pageant that somehow manages to make the savage tumult of thousands pitched against thousands seem not so much dreadul as dreadfully dull. Online reviewers have written 538 reviews, giving Gods and Generals (2003) an average rating of 56%. 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. It is the right length for its subject matter. He first made the awful "Gettysburg" with its hideous paste-on beards and "high school play" production. If that doesn't raise some flags I don't know what would. The battle scenes are weak and not very exciting either. Gods and Generals (despite the ravages of many critics) is a very good film. Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino are all very good actors yet they can't save this film. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to become one of the Union's greatest military minds. Then again, a historical film doesn't require explicit blood and gore in order to feel authentic. "Gods and Generals" is the kind of movie beloved by people who never go to the movies, because they are primarily interested in something else--the Civil War, for example--and think historical accuracy is a virtue instead of an attribute. the guess here is that when the last full measure, the final film of the trilogy, comes out this group will score a ten regardless how poorly done simply because it will reflect northern rather than southern victories. I have heard it said that history is written by the victors--- and that's probably true. Rating 1/10 avoid this film at all costs. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads, "Filled with two-dimensional characters and pompous self-righteousness, Gods and Generals is a long, tedious sit. 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. Well, the very VERY rich Ted Turner seems to be one of them. Most of these people like Lee and Jackson loved the Union Army and were not seccesionists. The lulls are just too long for a film that goes over 3 1/2 hours. I recently read Shelby Footes 3 volume narrative, which I found compelling, excellently written and fairly authoritative. Copyright © Fandango. When you see this you have to understand that this country, both northern and southern states, was very different. With Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Donzaleigh Abernathy. Gods & Generals wants desperately to be the ultimate Civil War epic, the film that defines the entire genre. it seems inconceivable that more than 200 serious votes would give this masterpiece the lowest rating, a mere one, which likens it to seedy B movie trash. Personally, I was once again impressed—as I was with Gettysburg— that war is ugly on and off the battlefield. Since I started to research and become passionate about the histoeical topic of the American Civil War, I have loved Gods and Generals. And, IMHO, the General Lee in Gettysburg is a much more real character than the one in G&G (who, however, gets little screen time). I am a big..big fan of the original Gettysburg..and a civil war buff.....I am not sure what happened but it seems like it was made by "Confederate lovers of America".....incredibly one-sided....cheesy preachy dialog... and laughable scenes of Sonewall Jackson praying with his slave to end slavery,(sure that happened!!!! Though this movie does have it's flaws, it is one of the most moving war pictures I have ever seen. 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. Major engagements are quickly glossed over with little explanation. If you ask me, you're better off watching documentaries about the civil war. 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. This is a film as remote and unyielding as an untouched textbook. User Ratings Jackson would be better represented by giving some idea of why he is considered a great soldier (the Valley campaign) rather than being shown as primarily a sentimental, but simultaneously bloodthirsty, religious crackpot ("hoist the black flag... kill everyone..."). Such is a great movie trashed by the critics and they miss the whole reason for this masterpiece. Revisionist hooey! Read some reviews to get the verdict from film fans! Gods and Generals is the second installment of the Michael/Jeff Shaara Civil War trilogy and the second to be filmed. Full of windy speeches about honor, god, fealty, and so on, the movie comes to a literal standstill whenever one of these noble addresses is about to be delivered. External Reviews 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. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Stephen Lang) was, like Chamberlain, a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. | 'Gods and Generals' is a flawed piece that works better as an educational tool rather than as a feature film. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer, Succumbs to turgidity. Jackson appears to be a monster, but was that what the director intended? `Gods and Generals' plays less like a movie and more like a three-hour-and-49-minute long lesson in Civil War history. Wonderful classic 9/10 stars. Actors carefully reciting lines obviously drawn from letters, and thus speaking like nobody ever speaks; long, boring scenes where nothing happens (we do not go to films to see T.J. Jackson in bed with his wife or Joshua Chamberlain lecturing his brother on 19th-Century politically-correct terminology for blacks); endless numbers of soldiers being hit by bullets and falling down...). This review is based on the movie and the quality of the movie not the historical accuracy or inaccuracy. Don't have an account? 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. Although Duvall resembles R.E. The direction is bad as Ronald F. Maxwell did a much better job with Gettysburg. Every shot is fired in sorrow, and there are no villains - except, of course, for the politicians, who remain safely out of the frame. All I should have to tell you about this film is that Ted Turner plays George Patton's grandfather. Susan LaFollette I started with Gods and Generals, am almost done, and then going to Killer Angels. Some critics condemn it as being sympathetic with the Southern cause. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes lists an 8% approval rating while Metacritic lists a score of 30, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Gods and Generals mimics history by treating slavery as the unacknowledged elephant in the room, the cause behind the cause of the war. Stay far away from the three hour-plus Gods and Generals--unless, of course, you need a good nap. But for open-minded individuals who like history and well-made movies this one can't be beat. 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. There are plenty of great maps there to support the story. For one, all the foot soldiers are old men who are so obviously re-enacters that the action scenes have no weight. Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 Page 1 of 7 And, above all, he does a keen job of delineating character and profiling personality. Chuck Rudolph. I suppose Gone With the Wind would be criticized the same if released today. Also Jeff Daniels and Robert Duvall as General Lee. But, conveying this means that it does not go into the broader historical context of slavery. Now he has taken his megalomania to new depths with "Gods and Generals"--- a thoroughly misleading and trite piece of revisionist crap. Metacritic Reviews. 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 film "Gods and Generals" is essentially a biographical film about General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson of the CSA. Review: Gods and Generals. The big battles impress, but become somewhat samey. Are we supposed to take their false moralizing at face value, or is this a satire? See it, and decide for yourself about this film. This movie was like a few movies in one. Even more upsetting is how the film manages turn some of the most gripping battles in US history, into a series of confusing anti-climatic debacles. Apparently what some critics actually desire are cool special effects, with exploding bodies and mangled limbs flying across the screen. This is just a Ted Turner vanity project that should have been made for TV. 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. Unfortunately, a re-enactment during a … For all the effort, not half the film which Gettysburg was. Users wrote generally positive reviews of Gods and Generals (2003), giving it an average score of 73%. If You Don't Know Who Sandy Pendleton Is, Stay Away, one of the great epic films of the decade. But this film makes him an angel such as he never really was. The acting is top notch, most noteably Stephen Lang as Stonewall Jackson. Part Three is threatened. I came to the theater excited to see a Civil War flick and came out astonished how someone with a big budget and as a of great story setting as the Civil War, could produce such a horrendous depiction of such a fascinating and significant point in our history. Actually, I was shocked that the movie I just saw was in no way, the movie that so many people called out right disapointing. Lots of battle. Yep. I thought Gettysburg was a good movie so I went and saw this one. Shop Gods and Generals [Director's Cut] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray] [2003] at Best Buy. They all give bad performances and this is one film they should keep off their resume. 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 critics I've read seem to object to the piety, the length, and lack of political correctness. Maxwell has made the, shall we say interesting, decision to change [Stonewall Jackson]God's hellcat into a warm and fuzzy teddy bear. This a decent movie and a wonderful tribute to a fine, fine man in General "Stonewall" Jackson, but I didn't rate it higher only because it's not a film I would watch many times. You will watch a series of battle re-enactments and wait for a film to break out. There is no sense of strategy or how the war is going, no feeling for the ebb and flow of battle, nothing but endless vignettes. 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