Skip to comments.‘Midway’ celebrates heroism with an old-fashioned approach to the epic war drama
Posted on 11/09/2019 1:06:36 AM PST by 11th_VA
Midway is so square, so old-school and old-fashioned, it almost feels avant-garde. Ambiguity is not its goal, nor is nihilism its motivating philosophy. It aims to celebrate heroism, sacrifice, determination and grit, and if you dont like that it really does not care.
Though its appearing some 70 years after the epochal World War II battle it re-creates and more than 40 years after a Hollywood film with the same name on the same subject this Midway, as directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Wes Tooke, pays no attention to the notion that times have changed...
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Somebody pinch me ...
Going to see this on Sunday, looking forward to it, hopefully it stays relatively true to history...
We were fighting socialists in Europe who wanted to exterminate the Jews and totalitarians in Japan who attacked us by surprise. Of course today's totalitarian socialists are shocked that fighting back against their side is seen as unambiguously good. And, no, times have not changed other than the evil emanating from within the democrat party to a much greater degree. Back then, President FDR was on our side even though he was a democrat.
FReepers wanting to avoid a visit to google.com, always and forever a good idea, can read the original article published by the LA Times here:
Going to see it next week!
I suppose millenials will ask, “Who wins?”
Please, no spoilers...
I watched a youtube video on Midway maybe a year ago. It was done by a German who seemed to know everything about the battle.
After about 10 minutes I noticed that it was going to last 48 minutes. Normally will not watch anything that long but decided to stick it out.
He eventually gave his opinion as to why the Americans won. There were a lot of different things but it boiled down to the Japanese had no idea that the Americans would be so aggressive.
The Americans simply fought with great determination and aggressiveness.
The 1976 Midway was somewhat sympathetic to the Japanese. My guess is that because Hollywood wants to invade the Chinese market, portrayals of the Japanese will be much more harsh.
I am looking forward to seeing this movie, the first one I have even had an interest in seeing since Godfather (the last movie I saw in a theater.
However because I refuse to pay $12 for a ticker and $4.00 for popcorn I will wait until it is available on Amazon Prime for free.
Yeah, I’m cheap in someways but it galls me to be ripped off and todays movie prices are definitely a rip off.
War movies with so much computer-generated scenery and action don’t have the same impact. It’s like producers and directors are cheating by taking the path of least resistance.
Going to see this on Monday or Tuesday, looking forward to seeing it. Finally a new film release worthy of my time and money to see.....have been to the movies only once or twice in the last few years. That says something.
Saw it yesterday, give it an A. Doesnt have the extraneous and fictional back story that the Charlton Heston version did, just the actual stories of the people who were there. Great recreations of the ships and aircraft of the time.
I'm sure you are aware, movies are more expensive to make than back in the 70s when the Godfathers were made.
Further, a $3 movie ticket in 1975, with inflation is now at $14.77, so movie tickets are cheaper than the were in 1975.
And then complain at the end that the wrong side won.
Forget 1975, $3-4 was bad enough then but I believed the movie ro be worth the money. However feeling ripped of is more a state of mind thn anything else. It’s a question of value for me. Is it worth spending $12-14 on a movie I will be able to watch for free in only a few months? To me it is.
It’s simply not urgent and besides that there is no better place than my home to kick back watch movies or otherwise be entertained.
Another youtuber that did a Midway study pointed out that all the failed early American attacks (particularly the torpedo bombers) burned up the Japanese CAP: fatigued their pilots, exhausted their fuel, and—critically—brought it down to a low level. When McCluskey’s dive bombers finally appeared high above the Japanese carrier group, there was nothing in place to intercept their strike.
DITTOS!! Saw it last night, first time since "Pearl Harbor" that I stepped into a theater. Where the original "Midway" focused mostly on the events, how the code was broken and the search for the Japanese fleet, this one was more towards telling the story of the men who participated. Of course, the battle scenes were amazing. The theater had reclining chairs and one heck of a sound system. Got to say, it was worth the expense. Popcorn was still made the old way. :D
They have senior rates at some theaters, as low as $5.
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