Originally Posted by Mad Norseman
I agree with hitchfan too.
Spielberg just doesn't seem to know when to stop - like in his (otherwise terrific) movie "Saving Private Ryan".
He takes it all the way through with quite believable writing, characters and acting - only to tag on that hokey "Calvary to the rescue at the last moment!"
I mean, C'mon!
You know, MN, as massively successful as his movies have been box office-wise, I'm sure Steven Spielberg, the director, would love to have to his all time credit a scene of sentimentality equal to or surpassing, say, the final "There's no place like home..." scene in Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz
(or whichever committee of MGM directors and contributors were involved in creating it) and the homecoming sequences in William Wyler's WWII drama, The Best Years of Our Lives
, each of which on the page would read about as blatantly manipulative as anything put to print and staged for a Hollywood film. And, like me, Spielberg probably found himself weeping like an infant on the umpteenth viewing of each movie well into adulthood and middle age. But he just doesn't have it in him to know how to do it himself. IMO, nothing in E.T.
or Saving Private Ryan
compares to those examples nor will they continue to trigger such an audience response for decades to come. It is possible the "I should have done more..." scene in Schindler's List
might qualify, but I haven't noticed that movie working its way into the movie-going psyche over the past couple of decades the way many of those by Fleming, Capra, Wyler and others did.
Spielberg's most notable and effective directorial
choices were in Jaws
. But those were choices he had
to make because the damn mechanical shark didn't work, choices he never would have made on his own if the available technology and his budget had allowed for it. Well virtually since Jaws
, Spielberg's available technology and budget has allowed for almost any choices he's wanted to make and, personally, those choices have largely left me cold. Yes, they've made a ton of money, but he has not been able to buy or CGI his way into a few more "There's no place like home..." or The Best Years of Our Lives
moments, which I suspect he is going for in almost every movie he makes now.