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Could do better,
This review is from: Gods And Generals [DVD]  (DVD)
If as I did you are going to buy this on the strength of having seen "Gettysburg" you may be disappointed. At the best it is a overlong moderately good civil war film for the buff and no-one else. Jeff Daniels who was oustanding in "Gettysburg" is only moderate in this. Not least because, as has been mentioned, he got older before he got younger. You could argue that he became gaunter as the war progressed but not convincingly, he needed to diet. The continuity is odd the distant shots of the Frederickburg battlefield are the same scene almost throughout the battle. "Stonewall" Jackson was a much, much odder character than shown here where he seems more of a sanctimonious bore. And the episodes with the child are straight out of the John Ford school of drama.
But if you like rolling battles this is as good as any and better than most in spite of its faults. But if you have to choose make "Gettysburg" your first choice.
p.s. "Stonewall" wasn't standing as a stone wall he appeared in the film to be moribund at the time. Perhaps the director had neglected to give him anything productive to do.