Monday, June 12, 2006

Thumbs down on "Fields of Freedom"

While in Gettysburg, we went to see the new movie, Fields of Freedom. For $8, I expected something more. It's basically a 30-minute dramatization of the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, focusing on a couple of soldiers from either side. It's the kind of thing that PBS might do. It would make a fine addition to the National Park Visitors Center as a freebie, but it's not worth paying for. Go to the Gettysburg Cyclorama Center to see a couple of free movies instead. They're old but they still work. (History is kind of convenient that way.) Just for your information, the Cyclorama itself (a 360 degree painting) is closed for restoration and the building is scheduled to be demolished to make way for a new visitors center. Maybe you're better off waiting a year or two before you visit Gettysburg.