"Midway"

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Yappi

Go Buckeyes
Rate and review the movie "Midway"

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

 

clarkgriswold

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Did anybody see this? I was looking forward to it but it doesn't seem to be getting good reviews and disappointed at the box office.
 

oldline70

Active member
I'd normally be interested in seeing movies like this, but after seeing what they did to Pearl Harbor (what with its idiotic story line to say the least), I'm holding back. Too many over-the-top CGI scenes and general Hollywood-looking BS to make me think otherwise.

Was this movie eagerly anticipated to be coming out? I'm usually all over hot releases like this and only recall starting to see previews 2-3 weeks ago. Was it rushed to final production?
 
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Purplemojo

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I am not a fan of CGI when it can be avoided but I don't know how many Japanese Zero's are still in flying condition, not to mention Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers or WWII aircraft carriers. To make these big WWII movies it is becoming necessary to use CGI.

The scope of this films seems extremely wide ranging as it looks like the trailers include the Doolittle Raiders and even Pearl Harbor. That might have been a bit too much to do well.

I'll give it a chance and hope that they did not give it the Pearl Harbor treatment with unnecessary romantic side stories and unbelievable character development.

I'll be the guinea pig and let you all know what I think.

In the mean time: watch Jojo Rabbit.
 

irish_buffalo

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I am not a fan of CGI when it can be avoided but I don't know how many Japanese Zero's are still in flying condition, not to mention Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers or WWII aircraft carriers. To make these big WWII movies it is becoming necessary to use CGI.

The scope of this films seems extremely wide ranging as it looks like the trailers include the Doolittle Raiders and even Pearl Harbor. That might have been a bit too much to do well.

I'll give it a chance and hope that they did not give it the Pearl Harbor treatment with unnecessary romantic side stories and unbelievable character development.

I'll be the guinea pig and let you all know what I think.

In the mean time: watch Jojo Rabbit.
I do not have a problem with CGI, I just cannot stand it when a story suffers because of overkill CGI. I'm not a big battle scene guy to start with. If you have seen one you've seen them all.
 

eastisbest

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Save your $s for a real war film that will come to the screens in late December>

Honestly, like I said about Midway (into the wind) a year ago on the boards, this one doesn't have the look either. The trailor stuck me scripted heart tug to scripted heart tug instead of a story and the sets too clean, neatly constructed.
 

thavoice

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Buddy of mine, who is a movie snob, said he loved this movie. He was in the running for a job a couple of years ago to be a military consultant on tv and movies and any time I bring up a war movie he will rag on every little imperfection that wasn't correct for the times, including the original Midway.
 

Auggie

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Honestly, like I said about Midway (into the wind) a year ago on the boards, this one doesn't have the look either. The trailor stuck me scripted heart tug to scripted heart tug instead of a story and the sets too clean, neatly constructed.
Story might be recycled, WW1 Version of Saving Private Ryan, but I am hearing the directing and cinematography is worth a viewing on the big screen. By the way there has been a great run on WW1 films, there must be something about those trenches that gets directors juices flowing.
 

eastisbest

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Story might be recycled, WW1 Version of Saving Private Ryan, but I am hearing the directing and cinematography is worth a viewing on the big screen. By the way there has been a great run on WW1 films, there must be something about those trenches that gets directors juices flowing.
Fertile ground? Not much of a tv industry after WWI. WWII done to exhaustion, as you say, recycled. The great war was the seeding for WWII. Australia seems the only country interested. Gallipoli, Beneath Hill 60 were both great. We practically have to go back to Paths of Glory for a movie set in the fight as opposed to the periphery. I'm not aware of the movies you're referring to: "Great Run." Have I just forgotten? War Horse is the only one coming to mind.
 
Fertile ground? Not much of a tv industry after WWI. WWII done to exhaustion, as you say, recycled. The great war was the seeding for WWII. Australia seems the only country interested. Gallipoli, Beneath Hill 60 were both great. We practically have to go back to Paths of Glory for a movie set in the fight as opposed to the periphery. I'm not aware of the movies you're referring to: "Great Run." Have I just forgotten? War Horse is the only one coming to mind.
"They Shall Not Grow Old"? "1917" is coming in December as mentioned.
 

thavoice

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"They Shall Not Grow Old"? "1917" is coming in December as mentioned.
I saw They Shall Not Grow Old and didn't like it. I don't believe I was in the right frame of mind to watch it. We went to the theatre to see something else, wife said 'hey, this is war movie, lets see it' so I went in with diff expecations.

I bet if I saw it again I would enjoy it though.

Looking fwd to 1917.
Couldn't get anyone to go with me to see Midway so maybe ill look online for a pirated version.
 

Auggie

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Fertile ground? Not much of a tv industry after WWI. WWII done to exhaustion, as you say, recycled. The great war was the seeding for WWII. Australia seems the only country interested. Gallipoli, Beneath Hill 60 were both great. We practically have to go back to Paths of Glory for a movie set in the fight as opposed to the periphery. I'm not aware of the movies you're referring to: "Great Run." Have I just forgotten? War Horse is the only one coming to mind.
I too am think along the lines They Shall not Grow Old, War Horse, and Beneath Hill 60, also the battle scene from Wonder Woman; all done in the last 10 years. That is a lot for a war that is over 100 years old.
 

Termite2

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It is not as bad as TMTSNBN ; but still has too many inaccuracies for my historical sensibilities.
As an examp[le, SBD drops it's bomb, plane levels off about 50 feet over the water and flies away, reality is that would be suicide, bomb travels faster than an SBD with dive brakes on; While it is common to believe that US dive bombers hit the Japanese Carriers when they had planes on their deck ready to launch, the truth is the planes were still in the hangers, can't believe that myth is still around.
BTW number of planes shot down by Japanese flak- at the most 2, probably none, their AA was horrible, their fighter pilots were the ones that shot down all the planes.
Anyone interedted in the best book on the battle: Shattered Sword
 

Stirred not Shaken

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Not as good as the original but still worth the 6 bucks I paid to watch it. Visual effects were good even if the story telling wasn't always 100 % historically accurate but how many movie goers under 40 know much if anything about Midway. Glad they still make WWII movies, gives the younger generation a taste of the heroism undertook by their grandfathers and great grandfathers. Went to see this movie on a Tuesday night and the theatre was about 80 % full, which surprised me.
 

thavoice

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Not as good as the original but still worth the 6 bucks I paid to watch it. Visual effects were good even if the story telling wasn't always 100 % historically accurate but how many movie goers under 40 know much if anything about Midway. Glad they still make WWII movies, gives the younger generation a taste of the heroism undertook by their grandfathers and great grandfathers. Went to see this movie on a Tuesday night and the theatre was about 80 % full, which surprised me.
Historically accurate is a thing of the past for most Hollywood movies.
Sometimes they just switch things to make it a bit more interesting.

Packed on a Tuesday? In my area, Tuesday is matinee pricing all evening so the cheapskates and old people go. If you had to guess, was the average age above 60?!??!?
 

Stirred not Shaken

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Historically accurate is a thing of the past for most Hollywood movies.
Sometimes they just switch things to make it a bit more interesting.

Packed on a Tuesday? In my area, Tuesday is matinee pricing all evening so the cheapskates and old people go. If you had to guess, was the average age above 60?!??!?
No that is what was also surprising, I would say the avg. age was mid 30's. Went to Lock One Theatre which is not big but I highly recommend, they had to open up the balcony. Maybe some of the younger actors such as Nick Jonas appealed to the younger crowd.
 

Purplemojo

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For those interested in WWI films, The Big Parade (1925) is one of the best. It was featured on TCM this past Monday. Sorry I did not give you a heads-up before it ran. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) is another good one.
 

Fatman

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I went to the movie for the popcorn, pop, and entertainment. I didn't go into the theater with the intent of seeing a true historical account of the battle, as such I got all 3: popcorn, pop, and entertainment. Seeing the movie did cause me to do some more reading about the battle and events leading up to the battle. I am not too sure that if we had lost the battle we wouldn't all be speaking Japanese.
 

Yappi

Go Buckeyes
I do not have a problem with CGI, I just cannot stand it when a story suffers because of overkill CGI. I'm not a big battle scene guy to start with. If you have seen one you've seen them all.
If I could have liked this twice, I would have. The people that are making the movies put too WAY too much CGI into it. CGI should accent a movie, not be the whole story line. It is to the point that I can barely stand watching most blockbuster American movies.

When I picture the people in the room starting to make the movie, I see them saying, "you know what would be cool to have in this movie?" And then each person tries to outdo the other.
 

irish_buffalo

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When I picture the people in the room starting to make the movie, I see them saying, "you know what would be cool to have in this movie?" And then each person tries to outdo the other.
This!

Have technology: will use. This is exactly how I picture Jar-Jar Binks coming to be. :LOL:
 

Indiandad

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I went to the movie for the popcorn, pop, and entertainment. I didn't go into the theater with the intent of seeing a true historical account of the battle, as such I got all 3: popcorn, pop, and entertainment. Seeing the movie did cause me to do some more reading about the battle and events leading up to the battle. I am not too sure that if we had lost the battle we wouldn't all be speaking Japanese.
Not a chance. Japan was never looking to invade the US. Logistically it was not possible. They had their hands (army) full in China.
They were simply hoping to put the US in a position to broker a favorable cease fire.
 

eastisbest

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Hawaii and the Pacific Territories might be speaking Japanese but I don't think that all would have hinged on Midway. Hard to imagine a 1940s era US negotiating away territory based on losses there, particularly when we still had the manufacturing machine and the war in Europe over. Japan would have had to full on occupy and put us in the position of hostage negotiation.
 
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