So my wonderful history teacher in high school not only showed us the choice of Sophie’s Choice, but the first ten minutes of Saving Private Ryan. And if you have seen it, then you know it’s by far one of the emotionally disturbing things ever shown on film, so once again I was less than thrilled with my high school education. I then had to wait a sufficient amount of time to even attempt to watch it again.
Obviously nothing screams sleepover like Saving Private Ryan, it practically begs to be watched while painting nails, am I right? So off I went, and I assume that the emotional trauma was simply too much for one of my friends, because she fell asleep within the first ten minutes. It was probably that rhythmic sound of machine guns that just lulled her to sleep. Thankfully one other person stayed up with me, and by the end of the nearly three hours all you could hear was sniffles. This movie drags your heart through the mud, kicks it around a few times, then runs over it with a car. This is not a movie you watch over and over again, unless you completely hate yourself.
Incase you are unaware, the movie is about a group of soldiers lead by Tom Hanks, on a mission to find Private Ryan (played by the amazing Matt Damon) during the second World War. Not only is this movie amazing, but it is filled with so many amazing actors. You got that guy who played Phoebe’s brother on FRIENDS
That other guy from FRIENDS, who played Chandler’s roommate when Joey left
That guy from 27 Dresses (these are there official actor names by the way)
And that guy from LOST who was like crazy smart and came in the later seasons
And then of course you have Vin Diesel, Paul Giamatti, and what’s that? Bryan Cranston! Seriously props to the casting director. Oh and you have Matt Damon looking like this
Need I say more?
So obviously a movie this amazing powerful would win Best Picture. Oh wait no, it went to Shakespeare in Love. I love romantic comedies as much as the next person, but there is no possible way it deserved an Academy Award over Saving Private Ryan. Just because Gwyneth Paltrow showed her boobs does not automatically mean Academy Award. Seriously they need to redo the 1999 Awards and fix this mess. I think Lucille Bluth sums it up
This movie is a necessity for everyone to watch. And should have won the Academy Award, but I’m not bitter about it.
Rating: 5 out 5 Oscars it should have won (okay, maybe I am a little bitter about it)