7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Bad make up, wooden acting, OK battle scenes,
This review is from: Gods and Generals (DVD)
This movie has to hold the record for the worst fake beards ever. The fake facial hair is so bad that it is very distracting. The beards look just horrible on all the stars. The facial hair is fine on the extras in the film, but that is probably because it is real.
The other problem is that the acting is so wooden. The actors speak emotional lines, but show no emotion in doing so. Are we to believe that all the high ranking officers were such boring people? No, these were very colorful people.
For an epic movie, the cinematography is bland. It looks like a TV movie.
With the bad make up, wooden acting and boring visuals, it is very difficult to get into this movie. It starts out with many religious tinged monologs that are just not engaging. If there were some fire put behind the sermons, this might be a great concept: how the religious beliefs impact the military leaders.
This is supposed to be a historically accurate film. It is only historically accurate in terms of who the people are and what happened at the battles. It is not accurate in what the social climate was at that time. Not all slaves loved their masters.
The battle scenes almost save this movie. These scenes plus the scenes leading directly up to the battle are very intricate and make you feel like you are there. Like the rest of movie, the battle scenes seem like they go on for ever. You could complain that the are stretched out to long and repititious. But, they is probably the way the battles really were, and that is what gives you the feeling that you are there.