Reviewed by: Trail Reeves
“Gettysburg” was an unexpected joy to watch. This epic movie (254 mins.) is nothing short of spectacular. I found myself thinking about the characters in this movie two or three days later.
“Gettysburg” is based on the actual events of July 1-3, 1863, beginning with the initial skirmish and ending with Pickett’s Charge. It was filmed on location at the Gettysburg Battlefield. The movie shows the perspectives of both the Confederate and Union armies. While there is the violence one would expect with a movie about the Civil War, the characters are deep enough to overshadow the actual battle. The battle is the setting, not the plot. The men’s political and often their religious views take center stage. General Lee is portrayed as a deeply religious man, and nearly every viewer of this film will be captivated in awe by the sheer greatness of men like Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
This movie may be too intense for the youngest viewers, but I highly recommend it for junior high through adult. If you want to show your kids what war was really like, without glorifying violence, this is a must see!