People saw Avatar and were more impressed by the medium (3D, CGI) than by the lame message. Did they absorb Cameron's "thought" that way or do they just consider it an excuse for the special effects?
People will watch The Pacific. Is what they'll take away from it what Hanks said about the war or is it what they got from Band of Brothers -- patriotism and nostalgia?
Sure, these guys are creeps. Boycott them if you want to, but it's not "war," just more of the entertainment industry doing what it always does.
I've watched the first 2 installments of "Pacific" and I'm not in awe of it the way I was with "Band of Brothers." I just think that the sub-plots are too compartmentalized and lack a common story thread, and that makes it more challenging for the viewer.
That said, the battle scenes have graphically displayed Japanese atrocities along with the reluctance of US Marines to take prisoners. So while I think Tom Hanks is all wet with his emphasis on racial animosity, I think that the story does not suffer from it. If Tom would just shut his mouth & quit displaying his 21st Century sensibilities I might be able to enjoy "The Pacific" a tiny bit more.