5 Movies to Watch to Commemorate D-Day
CHURCHILL is an absorbing drama about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s misgivings about the D-Day invasion in June 1944 during World War II. Despite the heightened drama, which seems melodramatic in a couple of places, CHURCHILL is still a powerful, well-scripted, inspiring drama about the greatest amphibious assault in history. Brian Cox delivers a superb performance as Churchill. CHURCHILL does have several strong profanities, however. So, caution is advised.
THE LONGEST DAY
THE LONGEST DAY is a blow-by-blow account of the Allied invasion on D-Day, would be an anti-Hollywood war movie, a picture that would, once and for all, show audiences what war is really like. But Zanuck, who may well have been viewing the picture as his swan song, knew that an undertaking of this size was a risky business proposition to say the least. So he hedged his bets by casting as many name stars as he could get his hands on, thus nixing any opportunity he may have had to fully immerse viewers in a realistic, documentary portrayal of the events and the ultimate price of victory.
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DUNKIRK is a superb war movie about the evacuation of Dunkirk, France in 1940, when thousands of British, French, and Belgian troops were surrounded by the Germans and looking for miraculous deliverance. The movie often stresses the sacrifices the soldiers and civilians made during this miraculous event. There isn’t one example of sacrifice; rather, there are many strong examples of sacrifice. DUNKIRK is well worth seeing, but it has some foul language and war violence; so, caution is advised.
DARKEST HOUR is a suspense-filled historical drama about British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s handling of the “miracle” at Dunkirk in World War II, where thousands of British troops, almost the whole British army, were trapped on a beach in France by the Germany Army. DARKEST HOUR is an engrossing historical drama with a strong sense of suspense as historical events unfold, plus a rousing, uplifting sense of British patriotism, but it skips over the most miraculous parts of the actual story, which included a National Day of Prayer and Repentance declared by the King in the midst of the crisis Britain was facing.
Director Steven Spielberg explores two movie genres in his new work from DreamWorks, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. In this new movie, he mixes his penchant for making personalized historical epics, seen now in films such as EMPIRE OF THE SUN, SCHINDLER’S LIST and AMISTAD, with his long-expressed desire in making an updated, “realistic” version of the patriotic World War II war movie.