Saving Private Ryan review war epic still hits with sledgehammer force

The trauma of war is made viscerally clear in Steven Spielbergs dazzling fusion of audacity, action and poignant human drama A present participle in the title usually promises a film with light, ironical flavour: Driving Miss Daisy, Being John Malkovich, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo. Not here. Screenwriter Robert Rodat imagined this colossal second world war blockbuster with absolute seriousness, loosely inspired by the real-life case of Sgt Frederick Niland, recalled to the US from the Normandy campaign on emergency compassionate grounds because all his brothers were believed (wrongly, as it turned out) to have been killed in action. With this movie, re-released 21 years on, John Williams, candidly inspired by Elgars Nimrod. And it was based on a redemptive, quietist …

Forrest Gump 2: a sequel berserk enough to suit our hellish times?

Screenwriter Eric Roth says his sequel to the Tom Hanks Oscar magnet was scuppered by 9/11, but Forrest would be entirely at home in the Trump and Brexit era On paper, revealing everything that would have happened in the films aborted sequel and, well, its a much harder sell. Forrest Gump 2 would have been absolutely berserk, which means it would have probably won even more Oscars. How berserk was it? Well, it would have put Gump in the back of Princess Diana. It would have put him right in the middle of the 1995 Haley Joel Osment character whom Gump meets right at the end? The film would have opened with him being diagnosed with Aids and losing all …