Gods and Generals Producer Ted Turner's pet movie project is noble, earnest, and handsomely mounted -- but also stilted, lumbering, and interminably long-winded. General Lee (Duvall) drags out… Gods and Generals Producer Ted Turner's pet movie project is noble, earnest, and handsomely mounted -- but also stilted, lumbering, and interminably long-winded. General Lee (Duvall) drags out…
Movie on DVD Review

Gods and Generals (2003)

EW's GRADE
D+

Details Release Date: Jul 15, 2003; DVD Release Date: Jul 15, 2003; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Action/Adventure, Historical, War; With: Kevin Conway, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, C. Thomas Howell and Stephen Lang; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Producer Ted Turner's pet movie project is noble, earnest, and handsomely mounted -- but also stilted, lumbering, and interminably long-winded. General Lee (Duvall) drags out strategy sessions, ''Stonewall'' Jackson (Stephen Lang) breaks out in frequent prayer, a Yankee colonel (Daniels) pontificates on the evils of slavery, even a Dixie mother gets to speechify while sending her sons off to war. Occasionally, battles erupt: Men march, bullets fly, men fall. It's all so tragically boring.

EXTRAS The commentary featuring two Civil War experts is more useful (and interesting) as history lesson than as making-of info; three docs tiresomely discuss the film's authenticity and importance; further filler includes a video for the end-credit Bob Dylan song.

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003 Published in issue #719 Jul 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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