I looked forward so much to the release of Gods and Generals, which I feverishly hoped was even better than Gettysburg. I saw the trailer at a movie theater here in York PA, and that got my hopes up even further. When the movie came out, one of my sons invited me to see it with him. He was in central Ohio at the time in college, so I drove the seven hours to Columbus, picked him up, and went to a very nice modern multi-plex cinema. The room was packed, and an air of anticipation filled the room.
The opening music, the fluttering flags, the promise of Buster Kilrain… I settled back for what I thought was going to be a fantastic afternoon of Civil War entertainment. Five minutes later, I was ready to fall asleep, and I have never sat through the entire movie again, despite owning the DVD. Too little battle action; too much of Jackson’s homilies.
I’m told by people who have seen the deleted scenes (which were more than two hours in length) that there was some decent Antietam material left on the cutting room floor. Some of the deleted scenes have over the past few years been posted on the Internet, including some scenes with more singing (I didn’t know this was going to be a musical). Here is a You Tube clip of a group of Irish Rebels sitting around a campfire listening to a ballad.
Did you like Gods and Generals? What was your favorite part? Least favorite? If someone were to tackle another Civil War movie, what would you like to see?