So. In my 7 page long movie list, there is this subset of movies that I should have seen by now, and this is one of them. And I’m really glad I watched this one. This is the epitome of a war epic. The gritty realism throughout is haunting. I loved the ay it as shot. It was kind of like a documentary, but a little more removed than that. Instead of focusing on showing scope, it showed a bunch of close-ups, which was really interesting. On the acting side of things, this is one of my favorite performances from Ton Hanks. I thought he was amazing. Also, I personally had fun picking out actors in bit parts, like a before they were famous type thing (Nathan Fillion, Bryan Cranston, and Adam Scott as “Soldier on the Beach”, I didn’t pick him out, but if IMDb says it, it must be true). Anyway, about the opening and closing fight sequences. Are they super realistic and interesting to watch? Yes. Are they too long? Also yes. I get that the battles were actually short from real point of view (the invasion of Normany did not take a half hour). But. From a cinematic point of view, a half hour is a long time for an audience to sit and watch guys getting blown up. Aside from that though, this is a perfect example of a fantastic war movie.