I'm probably going to movie hell, and break records for unhelpful votes
for not thinking this 10 part, 10 hour mini-series is perfect.
And I did find the last 2 episodes tremendously powerful.
But while it is beautifully, spectacularly produced, and is in many
ways a fascinating history lesson, I had a hard time connecting to it
6 of the first 7 hours seemed like one non-stop battle after another,
with very little time or focus given to characters. And when it we get
to know people, they often felt like 'types', overly familiar from
other war films.
And to be embarrassingly honest, there are so many characters, dressed
in their look-alike army gear that I spent way more time than I wanted
wondering 'which guy is that?'
I also felt, while it tried to be real and gritty, it still glamorized
war a bit. Sort of trying to have its pacifist cake, and eat its
heroism and glory too,
Certainly worthwhile, and I am very glad I saw it, but I think I was
way over prepared by years of hype.
To be fair, at least a few professional critics eased my guilt by
sharing my reservations. I'm not the only evil/crazy one on the planet.