Midway (2019)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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


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10 November 2019 | brian-carter-110-625553
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| Hollywood actually made a decent war movie without pushing a political agenda
This is probably the first time in over 50 years Hollywood made a solid war movie without inserting a sappy, contrived romantic sub-plot, pushing some radical political agenda, or re-writing history. The movie is good. The dialogue is believable, natural, and convincingly delivered in almost all cases.

While no movie is perfectly accurate historically - historians don't even agree on much, so who is to say - the few errors here are trivial and immaterial to the how events progressed. As somebody who is a buff on this period of the early Pacific war - reading every book by Prange, Lord, and many others - I was very impressed.

I went into this movie expecting the worst from Hollywood, but this was their best historical piece in generations. Even the casting seemed to echo the real people in looks and demeanor.

The Japanese point of view wasn't neglected either. While I can't say whether the Japanese dialogue was believable or well-delivered, by all outward appearances this acting was also top notch. The similarity between the real Admiral Nagumo and the actor was particularly striking. They made the right call in using solid Japanese actors speaking Japanese.

The accurate portrayal of the friction between the Imperial Navy and Imperial Army with Emperor Hirohito almost powerless to restrain the militarists was very refreshing. This was a very important, complex contributing factor to the war. Few outside Japan and some narrow historical circles ever learn about this dynamic.

About the worst I can say about this movie is the pace was too fast. Unless stretched into an 8 hour mini-series, I can't imagine they could have avoided this. With my background, I could fill in gaps and context the movie seemed to miss. Others might be left confused. Even though not well-read on this chapter of history, my spouse followed the storyline without issue and really enjoyed the movie as entertainment.

Kudos to the producers, writers, actors, and entire crew. This was a job well-done and a fitting tribute to heroes like Layton and Best.

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Trivia

The Japanese admiral Yamamoto expresses his regret over the Pearl Harbor attack, making the famous quote "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant, and fill him with a terrible resolve". Yamamoto said something similar in other films about the Pearl Harbor attack, Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Pearl Harbor (2001) (which omits the second part of the sentence). Despite the persistence of this quote in movie history, it has never been officially attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in real life; no one heard him explicitly say it, nor has it ever been found within any of his writings. Yamamoto had indeed withdrawn to his room after the attack in a depressed state, but it was reportedly because the Japanese Foreign Ministry had failed to declare war on the USA prior to the assault, which made Yamamoto's actions an unprovoked attack rather than a military engagement.


Quotes

Wade McClusky: Men like Dick Best are the reason we're going to win this war.


Goofs

In a beginning scene (at minute 11 seconds 40) it appears a Bialetti Moka coffee pot somewhere in Pearl Harbour. Patented in 1933, The first pots were exported from Italy well after the end of the war, and started to become popular in the fifties.


Crazy Credits

The end credits are played over black and white footage of the ballroom singer (played by Ana Maria Lombo who is also known as Annie Trousseau) in the Honolulu officer's club seen earlier in the film performing the entire song "All or Nothing At All".


Soundtracks

Jersey Bounce
Performed by
Ana Maria Lombo (as Annie Trousseau)
Music written by Tiny Bradshaw, Edward Johnson (as Eddie Johnson), Bobby Plater
Lyrics written by Buddy Feyne
Courtesy of Music Sales Corporation
Arranged by Dan Reckard
Produced by Ana Maria Lombo

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War

Details

Release Date:

8 November 2019

Language

English, Japanese, Mandarin


Country of Origin

USA, Canada

Filming Locations

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,897,419 10 November 2019

Gross USA:

$56,846,802

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,696,475

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