I am going to get crucified for this but I have always found Black Hawk Down to be one of the most overrated war movies out there.
One advantage I had was that, as a fan of Bowden, I read the book prior - so I could just enjoy the film.
Maybe I'm just not a fan of Ridley Scott
And, again, I am - he's my favorite director.
maybe I'm just not a fan of slightly contemporary war movies
As a fan of war movies, in general, I agree that the modern, gritty take, while appreciated, is somewhat more pedestrian than the classics, and I mean 12 O'Clock High
, Sands of Iwo Jima
, The Longest Day
, and even as late as A Bridge Too Far
, are all just wonderful pieces of art, while newer war movies, particularly since SPR
, try to "out realism" each other, at the expense of the story. The follow-on project to SPR
, Band of Brothers
, although a television series, does an excellent job of balancing that realism, with the older style of war movie storytelling - and of course they had 10 hours to do it.
I didn't really care too much for Hartnett's acting,
I thought he did an okay job, but, seriously, this was the powers-that-be teeing him up for big things and he fumbled it. I agree with you generally, that among the other performances, certainly compared to superior performances by Sizemore, Bana, Eldard, and even McGregor in a smaller role than we are accustomed for him, Hartnett was just so-so.
nor did I care much for the accents put on my Jason Issacs, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom - even though he was in the film for like two or three scenes.
Maybe had I seen the movie when it first came out, before I was familiar with most of the actors in the film, I wouldn't have been so annoyed by their accents, but their voices grated on me after a while.
I think you've correctly diagnosed this as a personal problem specific to you, independent from the quality of the final product.
I also loved how Ridley Scott seemingly raided the set of Pearl Harbor for a lot of his actors.
It is extremely common for cadres of people to work together on Hollywood productions. I didn't care for Pearl Harbor at all, so I don't think this fact is significant.