Don’t like Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks? Then there’s something wrong with you. For their every career misstep, they’ve redeemed themselves ten times. They don’t pollute the world with cultural toxicity, and — by all accounts — they’re good people. It’s fun to crap on success, but these two men deserver every goddamn bit of it (the success, that is).
More than that, they’ve also not only created the signature film of World War II (Saving Private Ryan) — which had is flaws, but the first half hour was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen on the big screen — and not only the best World War II mini-series, but perhaps the best mini-series of all time in “Band of Brothers.”
Well, they’re back with another World War II mini-series, this time tracking the other front: The American soldiers fighting against Japan in the Pacific. My first instinct was, “Ah, jeez. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg tackling World War II again? But you know what: They not only do it well, but I honestly think they do it out of respect and admiration and not the money. It helps that the end result — a 10-part mini-series — will probably be amazing.
Here’s the promo trailer— the mini-series debuts on HBO in 2010.