By the time the climax is dragged in, the battle for the audience’s minds, if not their hearts, is over. In the thick of a battle between the British and Germans at the Somme, Joey becomes the catalyst for the most improbable wartime plot turn since McHale joined the Navy.... (Entire review now playing at deepintomovies.blogspot and on Facebook as Deeper Into Movies.)
Spielberg rarely makes a truly bad film, (even if the 00s weren't quite as successful for him as the 90s were) but you know what you're going to get about 10 minutes in. Apart from some well needed editing, this is about as good as it gets from a film which takes its comic relief from a goose.
Why in the world is this up for best picture? Some terrific scenes surronded by schmaltz. Spielberg has always been a little over the top with his melodramatic tendencies but they get the better of him here. Kaminski's camera work often brilliant but also often a little too 'visions of light' textbook. Performances mostly kitsch and characterature. The only thing this film inspired is to rewatch 'The Black Stallion"