I have to agree with you about the 3D. Unless the movie was made for it (specifically) like Avatar, really the presence of 3D is just another way for theatres to suck money out of us.
We are going to take the boys to see the movie tommorow. We are having a little lesson in WWII history tonight, so they will have a clue about what is going on. They are in 4th and 5th grade and don't really know that WWII existed. I remember a little bit about it in school. I guess I learned more about it from Hogan's Heroes, all those WWII movies on saturday afternoon, and more WWII references in TV and Movies.
The movie is great. Make you want to go buy warbonds. That aside, it does have a great mix of action and character development. My personal favorite is the two bits in the training camp. The pole and the ride and the grenade. They show you what the man really is all about.