Another Great Civil War Movie from Turner and Maxwell!
I was privileged to be one of the first to see this wonderful film. It
very lengthy (with an intermission), but for those who see it, the time
seem to fly by. Note: Maxwell shot over six hours of film and edited it
down to 3 1/2! The acting is wonderful and the historical characters
as "Stonewall" Jackson) are captured perfectly. Someone did a great deal
research - the historical characters' little quirks and personalities are
well portrayed. I especially liked the depiction of women of the period,
they are too often left out of, or are of minor significance in these
understandably "male-oriented" films. I would also highly recommend the
beautiful score - less "heroic" than Gettysburg, but still a perfect
accompaniment to the script. I was also thrilled (as were the others in
audience) to learn that this fine film is part of a three part trilogy
Maxwell and Turner are planning about the Civil War.
(Gettsyburg being the first and this film the second).
I would highly recommend this film for everyone, not just Civil War
buffs. It is a piece of American history put beautifully to film. It is
lesson for all, of the great sacrifices, bravery and heroism that was
of and given by those Americans who came before us..
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". .
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THIS MOVIE IS FULL OF SUSPENSE ,I REALLY LOVE IT.
Extraordinary Effort Yields Rich Rewards
Steve Schear's review (a few reviews prior to mine) is "right on the money,"
so it makes my task much easier. I will explore a few side issues.
First, to the many people who found the movie "offensive," try to understand
that not everyone shares your view of history. I am sure there were scenes
in "Gangs of New York" that equally offended you, because in that movie,
Northerners were betraying their racial hatred, and such things do not fit
neatly into today's prevailing view: North, Good; South, Bad. Hurrah for
Director Ron Maxwell, who sets the tone very early, when Gen. Lee tells
Montgomery Blair: "I never thought I would see the day when a President
would invade his own country."
Second, the movie is very careful to point out that Virginia, North
Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee were STILL in the Union at the time of
Fort Sumter. It was only Lincoln's call for volunteers to wage war on
Americans that caused these states to secede from the Union. Until then,
they had refused to follow the lead of the Lower South's Cotton
I said this about "Gettysburg," and I will say it about "G and G." I am
sorry that the director did not find a way to accurately depict the carnage
on the battlefield (like "Braveheart" did, for example). G and G did a
better job than Gettysburg in showing that one artillery round could
eliminate an entire file of soldiers, but missing from the film is the
decaptitations, the "exploding" bodies, the splattered brains, and the man
in front of you who simply "vaporized." There were first hand reports of
soldiers being wounded by flying "teeth" and "shards of bone." Now, where
do you suppose the teeth and the bone came from? I guess there is no way to
adequately capture such carnage on film, Braveheart notwithstanding.
I am also sorry that Director Maxwell could not replicate the mad dash of
the animals from the woods as Jackson's 25,000 men silently crept up on
Hooker's right flank at Chancellorsville. First hand reports described the
Union camps as being overrun by deer, raccoons, skunks, and varmints of
every kind, fleeing the woods and rushing into the open ground of the camps.
Now, what do you suppose was in those woods causing those animals to rush
through the Union camps?
The movie is long because the War was long. The scenes showing Stonewall
Jackson's loving relationship with the little girl ("Anna") are touching,
and important to understanding his character. Yes, he was an Old Testament
Joshua, but was capable of feeling and sadness.
The soldiers on both sides are depicted as quite human, and the scene where
Johnny Reb and Billy Yank exchange coffee and tobacco is moving. It
happened, and Director Maxwell captured it perfectly.
The DVD contained a number of worthwhile extras. I learned something, too.
I have read hundreds of books about the War over forty years, including many
first hand journals and diaries, and I am satisfied that slavery was NOT the
primary cause of the War. It is taught that way because it doesn't require
any analysis. Slavery is bad. No, the War was inevitable because the
sections, North and South, despised each other, and once the North pulled
ahead of the South in the Electoral College (and Virginia could no longer
control the White House), the North started shoving the South around, and
the protective tariff, alone, prompted the Nullification Crisis in the
1830's and sewed the seeds of secession thirty years later. But what I
learned, despite all of the above, is that, from the slave's point of view,
the war WAS about slavery. And that point of view must be factored in among
all the others.
The movie was a herculean effort. Stay with it and marvel at the directors'
energy and effort. It is a monument in filmmaking.