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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I never go to the movies any longer due to the rampant libs rewriting history! This one I considered seeing but the commercials don’t flatter it....too much CG scenery. Older war movies had to use real planes & real battleships, albeit retired ones for the most part. I just don’t care for the cheapness of CG but I guess today the actors high salaries make real footage impossible to afford. I might go see it over TG if I continue to hear good things about it. And no lib history rewriting!!
Me too. I wait till they come out on DVD then get them from the local library. Mine has a great program, you can reserve them on their website. Most times you might have to go on a waiting list but when it's your turn, they send you an email telling you they're ready for pick up......
When you return them, they have an outdoor drive thru where you just drop them into the slot.....
Yep, going Tuesday (Senior Day) afternoon at my local cineplex.
Actually, a lot of the aerial stuntwork possible in earlier films has been banned by pretty much all airspace control bodies since the 80s. This was the incident that prompted that:
Additionally, many of the warbirds used for filming in the 50s-70s no longer exist. So these days, it’s CGI or nothing.
Should you go see it, there are two scenes in it that you might class as rewriting that are actually historical. First, the scene where a guy jumps into a grounded US aircraft and starts shooting at an attacking Japanese bomber from the backseater machine gun position, finishing off the damaged attacker, which slices the back of his aircraft off when crashing. That really happened, they didn’t make that up for dramatic reasons. The other thing you might kvetch about is the depiction of the Japanese carriers - it has recently (last decade or so) found out that the depiction of them being caught with their strike aircraft on deck was a lie. When the US strike aircraft arrived, the Japanese strike aircraft were already airborne and away. The Japanese had their combat air patrol craft already airborne and only a couple of reinforcement craft on deck per carrier. A Japanese “historian” invented the full flight decks and was parroted by Western historians. Japanese historians have debunked this as of several decades ago and only recently did the West discover their information had been wrong.
The book that covers the above and that the new film was based in part on: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005NIQ8SM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
I saw this movie yesterday. I give it an A plus! It’s true to the story. No SJW BS. No sappy side love stories. No brothers in conflict.
It cost me $20 with the ticket and snacks but it was totally worth it. This is one to see on the big screen with the big theater sound system. I’ll probably go see it again this week.
When you watch this movie, you are funding Chinese propaganda.
Now you do.
man neglects his wife to help fight the war
Im sure this moron reviewer, at some point in his life, was made aware that quite a few men neglected their wife to fight the war. Ive heard that some women even neglected their husbands to help in the war effort. What an idiot.
” Back then, President FDR was on our side even though he was a democrat.”
Yes, in most aspects except he was clearly anti-semetic.
Cant you just use the trunk of a friends car to get in for free?
Not in most parts of the country since the 1980s at the latest.
“Cant you just use the trunk of a friends car to get in for free?”
Damn!! Drive In Theater...I forgot all about them. Do they even still exist? It wouldn’t work anyway. I’m so old that if I crawled inside a trunk I probably wouldn’t get out alive.
My ship's predecessor (USS Chicago) was sunk there. We laid a wreath in the waters 35 years later.
We are going to see it on Veteran’s Day!
His name was Bruno Gaido.
He was later shot down during the battle; he and his pilot were picked up by a Japanese destroyer. They were interrogated for a week, then weighted down and shoved overboard.
If I remember the full story, the Kempeitai officer aboard the ship had to do the dirty work himself. The rest of the crew refused to participate.
Not entirely true. The Japanese air commander felt that a second strike on Midway was needed. Planes already being armed with torpedoes had to have them taken off and refitted with bombs. This was underway when McCluskey’s planes appeared, the Japanese mechanics had bombs and torpedoes all over the place. They were sitting ducks.
The good news is that modern trunks all have release levers inside the trunk. Some thing to do with kidnapped MILs.
Yup, couldn’t remember his name. Anyway, yeah, the film is not taking artistic license or engaging in revisionism when they show that - as unbelievable as it was, that’s actually what happened.
I do suspect he had to go back to his quarters for a change of underwear and possibly new trousers afterwards, though.
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