Saving Private Ryan – The Unlikely Hero

Favorite underdog character from ‘Saving Private Ryan’ – Mellish.

SPOILER:

Near the ending…I can’t even watch it anymore, sometimes. One of his scenes.

Even from the beginning, you can tell he’s not well-respected. And he’s very scared.

*Soldiers hit the deck near the Captain, who asks who made it*

Mellish is ignored completely even being RIGHT THERE, and then right after that, Mellish announces himself, going pretty well unnoticed.

Why did Spielberg make a Jewish character? Don’t really know. But I do know that, while being OBVIOUSLY the most scared and overwhelmed (well, except for Oppem(?) he never leaves his fellows.

Of course you like Ryan, that’s a given. Hanks is really good. LOTS of really good.

But the best that wouldn’t get a single vote is Mellish, unless you consider gum-sharing or as a third dog tag counter.

His taunting of captured Nazis is very amusing…probably the first time some of them saw a Jew and COULDN’T kill them “just cuz”.

*Captain runs off a list of men to his Sergeant for a mission, is told one of them is dead*
*Captain seems briefly and mildly annoyed at this* “Alright, Mellish then…”

You might say, he was weak…or you could say he’s a decent man trying his best to force himself forward.

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