Discussion in 'Media Central' started by The Night Funky, Sep 14, 2019.
If it's as bad as Pearl Harbor, it'll have me rooting for the Japanese again.
Looks like a CGI/special effects wankfest to me. Too much of a video game look. I won't see it on Veteran's Day - I have that day off so I'm taking my wife to Applebee's (my luck she'll find her way back home) for my free meal then squeezing in some deer hunting weather permitting.
Definitely worth a watch. After all, it's a gut bustin', mother-lovin' NAVY movie, right? Like a lot of modern war movies, it manages to entertain even while it's showing its own ass. Read on...
We're long overdue for a movie about the Battle of Midway. The British had Trafalgar, the Japanese had Tsushima, the Greeks had Salamis. We had Midway. This movie doesn't just cover Midway, but also the entire first 7 months of the Pacific War. It's too much for a 2 hour movie, but I was a little impressed at how many factually correct historical tidbits found their way into the narrative. If you don't understand 'The miracle of Midway' and how it actually happened when you leave the theater, at least you'll sort of understand how we got there.
(Deep sigh). One of the movie's strengths is also its greatest flaw. Like Nolan's Dunkirk, this story gets too caught up in the tale of a few individuals at the expense of the 'Big Picture' of events, which is frankly more important. Two hours isn't enough to cover everything important that happened from Pearl Harbor to Midway. The director would have done better to 'dialogue' in some pertinent historical facts here and there and concentrate on the Midway battle itself. Waaay too much screen time devoted to the Dec 7th attack on Pearl, and getting invested in the Doolittle raid, which deserves its own remake. Oddly enough, the Doolittle raid was a cusp event that leads directly to the Midway battle, but the movie doesn't explain that at all. All that time could have been used covering people and events directly related to Midway, giving the audience a much clearer picture of how events unfolded and why it was such an improbable victory.
This complaint isn't limited to this movie: When, oh Lord, are the CGI FX houses going to go back and look at some stock footage of actual aircraft in flight? This cartoonish, bad-arcade game CRAP we are getting on screen is seriously ruining air combat movies these days. Not only does it just look terrible, but some of it is actually eye-rolling terrible.
Typical modern-day action fare. If it gets a new generation interested in WWII and naval history, that's a good thing. If you want historical accuracy, I guess there's no shortage of books. It wasn't even that this one is historically inaccurate, it's just that it omits too much that was pertinent to focus on the wrong stuff. Bottom line: worthy of a watch. 6.5/10.
I saw that in the theater, BTW. 10-year old me thought it was awesome (though 10-year old me also noted all the technical discrepancies like Avengers taking off from carriers during the battle). Grown up me sees it as cringeworthy.
It sounds like this film is exactly like I expected it to be when I saw the first trailers for it a while back. I can't get past the cartoonish CGI in the trailer. I can only imagine seeing it for minutes at a time.
@shootER you wanna merge this with the thread I started months ago on the film?
The Avengers are in this, I didn't know this was part of the MCU.
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