Archive for the ‘1998’ Category

Coming To America – *

Posted: February 24, 2018 in 1998, romcom, USA, X

Lupita Nyong’o mentioned in a talk show how she was surprised how americans see Africa. After arriving in the country and seeing Coming To America for the first time, she was shocked. But now it’s one of her favorite movies. She has a point. However, the imaginative depiction of the fictional African country is actually the funniest part of the movie. It is satire. The rest of the story plays in Queens and has terrible humor with terrible acting and a predictable, boring plot line. This is not a good movie. But hey, I’ve seen it now. Took me 30 years.

Driving along Omaha Beach and visiting the nearby American War Cemetery made me want to watch Saving Private Ryan again. Everyone who’s ever seen the first 15 minutes of that Spielberg epic, will never forget them. Watching those American troops get slaughtered while landing on the Normandy Beaches is a haunting experience and a marvel of cinematography.

The rest of the movie never reaches that same intensity, not even during the grand shootout finale. But it’s still a masterpiece. It’s still frustrating to remember how the Academy preferred Shakespeare In Love over this classic. But there are plenty of other examples of Oscar winners not deserving to win at all.

For those who haven’t seen the movie: Private Ryan is the sole survivor of a family of four brother who went to battle in World War II. He was dropped behind enemy lines and one captain Miller gets the task to find him and bring him back home alive. Normandy is still occupied by the Germans who have no intention to surrender, so the quest is dangerous and controversial. But successfully saving private Ryan may just be their ticket home.

I may not wait another 16 years to watch it again.