Saving Private Ryan is a cult drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Plot was based on the same name novel by Robert Rodat. Someone calls it the most plausible and reliable movie about II World War despite of some historic inaccuracies. It looks like the director wanted to remind people how cruel and horrible this war was and how many innocent victims were there. And if he really intended to do this, it absolutely worked out. Besides this the movie can show off staginess and scale.
But I lean toward the fact that this film is not about saving the world by American soldiers or return the last alive son to his mother. It is about human attempt to realize their places in this world and this war.
In the focus of the story there is Captain John H. Miller, played by Tom Hanks, and his who was ordered to find one of the soldiers. James is the only one of four Ryan brothers who was not killed yet and must be sent home to his family. In the beginning creators raise the issue with audience: is there any sense in saving one man’s life at the expense of so many people? Each member of the team tries to find an answer for this question during their mission, but finally all of them conclude that saving Private Ryan was probably the only good and bright deed among everything they did during this cruel war. As for me, I find hard to figure out my attitude. However, I lean toward the next: I like the idea of noble salvation of usual Private, but don’t understand making it by means of so many soldiers’ lives. Sounds like allegory, and that’s what it is.
The final scene when we see epic fight for the bridge is the culmination of the whole movie. It represents soldiers’ devotion and heroism, their struggle against own cowardice, and true generosity. Steven Spielberg managed to show us both strengths and weaknesses of his characters which manifest themselves in most crisis situations.
Some people blame this movie in abundance of propaganda, but I can see only patriotism and the unconditional love for the homeland. These people fight for calm and bright future of their country, for ability to live and raise kids in a world with no cruelty and violence. And they completely understand that each fight can became the last one, but they are ready to give up their lives for towards a high goal. Probably not for winning the whole war, but for making this world a just bit better.
And what about the consistency of saving the one man whatever it takes, creators leave this question opened. But after all isn’t it normal to take the son back to his mother?
Saving Private Ryan is a cult drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg. Plot was based on the same name novel by Robert Rodat. Someone calls it the most plausible and reliable movie about II World War despite of some historic inaccuracies. It looks like the director wanted to remind people how cruel and horrible this war was and how many innocent victims were there.