|Saving Private Ryan|
Not only was my Air Force career coming to an end, we would be moving from Germany back to the United States. Not to a new base but back to civvy street. Oh yeah, I didn't have a job yet. Not a big deal, I had some marketable skills, it was just a case of finding the right company.
Still, having no job to look forward to was a bit daunting.
Also, one of our beloved cats was having some serious medical issues. From which he would be dead in less than a week. I was all at sea.
The Missus Herself suggested I go to the movies. So I did.
Some two hours later I realized, even with some of the technical inaccuracies therein, that I had just experienced something profound. Something moving and never to be forgotten.
From the opening scene to the very end, I was riveted to that screen.
Saving Private Ryan has to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. Nothing could ever top this I thought. I am a child of The Greatest Generation, these are the stories I grew up with. This was a once in a lifetime experience.
So I thought back then.
Fast forward to another November, 16 years later. I'm comfortably settled into civilian life. All the kids have grown up, moved on, have families of their own and have careers of their own. Not only that but The Missus Herself is out in California, visiting the grandkids. So it's another dark, dreary November day. So of course, I go to the movies.
I don't care what you may think of Brad Pitt, his beliefs, his personal life, whatever, the man can act. Though he's never been a soldier, he knows how to portray one. I know soldiers. If I had no idea who Brad Pitt was and he'd come up to me, in character, I would have assumed that he'd once been a soldier.
The entire cast of the movie was damn good. The men who played the crew of the eponymous tank of the movie's title all did a superb job. There is no other word for it than "superb." Hell, I've served with guys just like these. These actors did a fine job and give great honor to the men they portray, the men of the U.S. Army armored divisions of World War Two.
Fury does for the tank crews what Saving Private Ryan did for the infantry.
I cannot recommend this movie enough.
But I caution you, it is a very dark film. It portrays war in all its grim nastiness. Be prepared for an emotional ride.
But if you have any interest in history or the men who make history...
See this movie.