Gods and GeneralsHD Closed Captioning
Ronald F. Maxwell
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About the Movie
A sweeping epic charting the early years of the Civil War and how campaigns unfolded from Manassas to the Battle of Fredericksburg, this prequel to the film Gettysburg explores the motivations of the combatants and examines the lives of those who waited at home.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 121
- Fresh: 10
- Rotten: 111
- Average Rating: 3.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What the filmmakers fail to recognize is that history on the page is quite different from what it needs to be onscreen, namely alive and visceral.
Rotten: It's a plodding, episodic film, reverent and sanctimonious, and its pro-Southern viewpoint -- a time-honored Hollywood tendency -- makes Gone With the Wind look like a Northern polemic.
Rotten: An inert pageant of waxen figures that fails completely as drama even as it insults the sensibilities of anyone not clinging to rosy memories of the slave-era South.
Rotten: A shameless apologia for the Confederacy as a divinely inspired crusade for faith, home and slave labor.
A Must See for History Buffs
This is not a war movie with lots of fighting and action; it is a film for those who enjoy history and/or biographies. Gods and Generals should be required viewing for anyone studying the War Between The States. The movie is basically a biographical sketch of Stonewall Jackson. If you think the war was fought between the evil Southerners and the compassionate Northerners, don't waste your time. You will not accept or understand it. If you're open to both the Northern and Southern perspectives, then you will love this movie!
Another plea to iTunes...
Dear iTunes, please fire Rotten Tomatoes. They have no idea what they are talking about, and the very fact of RT giving a movie multiple "rotten" ratings, almost ensures that I will watch the movie. PLEASE FIRE ROTTEN TOMATOES.
Gods and Generals is one of the best Civil War Movies out there. Jeff Daniels does an accurite iterpietation of Col. Joshua Lawerence Chamberlin. Also Stephen Lang captures the personality of "Stonewall" Jackson perfectly.