Band of Brothers Series (2001)

Rothe Blog Band of BrothersFour & A Half Stars

Now, I wrote about this movie when I saw parts 3-4 in December of last year, just before Christmas, and this is what I had to say.

When Sarah was student teaching in Seymour, her host family was the pastor at the school and church where she was at. He highly recommended this HBO series from a few years back.< We rented part one and I didn't really think much of it. All I remember was that David Schwimmer was in it. Seeing as it has been over a year since we saw part 1 & 2, parts 3 & 4 didn't make a whole lot of sense. Justin also really enjoyed the series, and that is what made me give it another try. If you like War stories, kind of in the vein of Saving Private Ryan but a little less gory, then this is your bag. With interviews with some of the cast members, this really gets into the development of the different characters and seeing the different effects war has on every solider. Last weekend Justin came down and we watched the whole series, all 10 hours. It was a daunting task, and because of the constraints, sometimes it wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been. You need to really watch this series in larger chunks, and you are stupid if you don't at least appreciate the story, and what the men from Easy Company 101st Airborne went through in WWII. So many characters and so many lives, and it develops each and every one of them individually and in depth. The story's strength really is in the characters and picks up so much strength after the fourth and fifth part when you really start to get attached to them. Beautiful scenery, unbelievable scenarios, and just the whole weight of everything that happened in that war are all conveyed here. With great epilogues about what the characters are doing now, and testimonials from the actual people that the story is based on, this series by Spielberg and Hanks really is an unknown classic right now that could use a little more attention. At the very least, watch half of it and appreciate what those men did for our freedom and what war means in context of what is going on in Iraq today.

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