|View single post by CleburneFan|
|Posted: Sun Apr 17th, 2011 10:14 pm||
|Hubby and I saw the film today. I was fascinated from start to finish. I thought the acting was especially good and was amazed how many of the actors resembled their counterparts in history. John Wilkes Booth...not so much, however.
It was too bad they had to gloss over the events leading up to and the actual assassination in order to get on with the trial and execution, but the movie would have been at least four hours long with more detail.
Hubby thought parts of the movie were a little slow, but he's a guy that needs lots of action so I know he'll love Fast Five when it comes out soon, but he did feel that the show was very even handed in the presentation. We both felt the Yanks were made to look as bad as the Southerners, especially Stanton and the General Hunter who ran the tribunal.
The execution part was so realistic and my heart was beating so hard for Mary Surratt that I almost felt like I was stepping up to that noose. I also felt sorry for the defense lawyer because he was vilified and ostracized by all his friends and colleagues.
I highly recommend this movie to Civil War buffs, but unfortunately I just read this movie is not doing well at the box office.
It is a pity because a waste-of-time movie such as "Authur" does so much better. Go figure. Anyway, in short, I really enjoyed this movie and it deserves to be seen by so many more people than have turned out to see it.