Hey, remember that part at the beginning of Saving Private Ryan where a ton of American soldiers got killed? Hey, remember that part at the end where one of the main characters got killed? Hey remember how the Germans actually lost that war?Originally Posted by Bullit13
Apocalypse Now is a great movie. Certainly a better film than Saving Private Ryan in my opinion. But not because one was more or less bloody or realistic than the other. For the record Saving Private Ryan is more bloody than Apocalypse Now. Apocalype Now Redux is just not the way to go with this movie to me. The reinstated parts are long and laborious distractions from a film that already teetered on the edge of having major pacing issues. It's interesting and in the end doesn't ruin the movie really, but the shorter version has much better focus, always pushing forward, and I think is the way it should be watched. I think Saving Private Ryan is too schmaltzy and sentimental; I always feel like things have a bigger impact when I feel it directly from the action and not when I'm coerced or manipulated into feeling it by a long, long, silent shot of the American flag blowing in the breeze or whatnot, which SPR was guilty of over and over again. It's a good movie, but not great.
I think Black Hawk Down was bloodier than Saving Private Ryan. I also think it's a better movie than SPR.