Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic war drama film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for its graphic portrayal of war, and for the intensity of its opening 27 minutes, which includes a depiction of the Omaha Beach assault of June 6, 1944. It follows United States Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and a squad (Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies) as they search for a paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who is the last-surviving brother of four servicemen.
The film received universal critical acclaim, winning several awards for film, cast, and crew, as well as earning significant returns at the box office. The film grossed US$481.8 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film of the year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated the film for 11 Academy Awards; Spielberg’s direction won him a second Academy Award for Best Director, with four more awards going to the film. Saving Private Ryan was released on home video in May 1999, earning another $44 million from sales. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
The idea of having a Steven Spielberg directed war film set in World War II screams out so many great possibilities. A director with the imagination and amazing storytelling abilities like Spielberg meeting up with one of the biggest events in world history, these are two ideas that come together nicely and the movie takes full advantage of that.
The opening sequence on Omaha Beach is one of the most spectacularly filmed sequences of any war film ever, not being afraid to show the horrors of war and the battles these soldiers had to fight.
I will say that after that, there’s not too much going on, it’s mostly dialogue filled scenes all throughout the rest of the movie BUT they are nicely done dialogue filled scenes.
Once again, you can not go wrong with having Tom Hanks involved in your project and Matt Damon is also really good in this as is the rest of the cast.
There’s definitely a lot to admire about Saving Private Ryan, it’s a beautifully shot, well-written, well-acted war film that is not afraid to show the trials and tribulations of war and the battles the soldiers faced themselves with.