- “Midway (2019)” Review
Midway tells the story of the battle of Midway, duh. However, Midway is different from Pearl Harbor which focus around a boring love story. Midway presents only the real history and nothing superfluous. A true story of how American exceptionalism and heroism defeated the Japanese Empire through brains and bronze. Even though this was created by a Hollywood that, for the most part, hates America, this film contains a large amount of American patriotism, however it is dedicated to both American and Japanese sailors who died in the battle (kinda cringe). All the ships and airplanes are accurate, they did a great job on this film. Would highly recommend!Read More...
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I went into Midway wondering if they were going to do a Pearl Harbor and use the titular battle as a backdrop to some shitty love story. To my surprise, they did do a Pearl Harbor in the sense that they literally included a scene showing the Japanese surprise attack, and not only that, but they depicted several battle scenes around the Pacific, which as a fan of aviation films, I was pleasantly surprised.
The CGI is kind of shit, not going to lie, but the action for the most part was pretty solid. I don't recall any forced diversity, the US military was depicted as largely segregated (as it was at the time), so good job with that. The Japanese were Humanized a little bit too, which I liked as I always appreciate it when the enemy isn't just depicted as sneering, evil husks that are just there for the protagonists to blow up.
All and all, a pretty solid war film that didn't try to be anything but what it was. Its pretty ham-fisted so don't expect any "war bad" shit that you see in most modern movies, but at the very least its a good celebration of the tenacity and the power that the US military and its integral role in the Pacific.
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