Band of Brothers

What is Band of Brothers about?

This TV miniseries follows the United States Military’s Company E of the 101st Airborne during the Second World War.  I realize it’s not a movie but felt I could make an exception because it’s so good.  There’s 10 episodes each focusing on different times and people throughout the war from D-Day onward, venturing into France, Belgium and Germany.  Also included is their grueling training in the US beforehand.  Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg had a hand in producing this so you know it’s going to be quality.  It has plenty of heroism, funny moments, not so funny moments and downright scary moments; which I dare say would have something to do with the abundant expenditure of bombs and bullets.  The bravery of these men in this series gives me goosebumps.  All based on actual fact, your given some insight into what happened at the beginning of every episode by an interview with the real life men who are portrayed in the series.  

Starring Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, David Schwimmer, Donnie Wahlberg with appearances by Colin Hanks, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Jimmy Fallon and Simon Pegg.

 

 

How did this movie make me feel?

Richard winters

Richard Winters during World War II

Richard Winters

Richard Winters

Unbelievable.  God forbid a war like this or any war for that matter should happen.  But you know as well as I, they do.  You’d like to think of yourself as the one who won’t shut down out of fear on some foreign battlefield but how could you ever know?  I, personally, would love to be like one of the mains, Dick Winters.  The courage this bloke showed is unsurpassed, one of the veterans who were under his command said that he has no idea how Winters survived.  He always lead from the front and always put his men before himself.  However, every man in this show needs commendation, they’re are an inspiration.  I’ve found that why waste any time at all?  If you want to do something, do it.  Put yourself in a persons shoes who is off to war and most likely not coming back.  If you were that guy and did come back, you’d be thankful for every moment alive there onward, you wouldn’t waste a single day living life.

 

Favorite Part:  

Since there is about 11 hours of viewing pleasure involved with this show.  There is a few.  The one I really like though is in episode 7 “Breaking Point.”   Easy Company is laying an attack on the town of Foy in Belgium and the company is led by an incompetent Lieutenant known as Dikes.  Midway through the assault, Dikes freezes up, ceases to give orders (which were dubious in the first place) and his men are getting killed.  Winters who is watching from afar commands another Lieutenant near him to run over there and to take control.  This Lieutenant is named Speirs and is an absolute battle-axe.  When he gets there and goes into the town and relieves Dike, it’s breathtaking.

 

Favorite Actor:

Damian Lewis as Major Richard Winters.  Damian Lewis is great in everything he does but I think this was his magnum opus.

Dick Winters Statue

Statue of Richard “Dick” Winters

 




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