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Note that I will make comparisons to these movies,
There are a lot of thing that can wrong with a movie like this, but they for the most part did not happen. I am eternally grateful for this. Let us consider what they did well (or at least well enough)
- The CGI special effects were good, not over the top, and did not go on and on. All (mostly at least) of them were integral to advancing the plot. You can often say this in a modern CGI heavy flick.
- There was character development. One really can’t complain here. Thank goodness there were no soap opera side plots.
- There was a real story arc, starting from before the war, up to the Midway battle. It was executed rather well, mostly being seen through the eyes of the main characters. Fitting all of this into one movie might have been difficult, but they did.
- There was really tension in the air. Even though you knew the outcome, one could sense the doubts, fears and uncertainties that the characters felt.
- No SJW/PC nonsense
- The women who were in the flick all looked good, and even better in the period outfits. One of the wives, seeing that her husband was working extremely late, brought him a sammich.
So how about the bad?
- The battle scenes were a bit overdone, specifically in the sense that things were physically much too close to each other. Examples include, panes diving bombing on each other’s tail, most every plane just missing a ship, torpedo bombers releasing their fish much too close, much to much flak surrounding the diving bombers, multi-engine bombers releasing from maybe 200 feet, etc.
- There was talk about if they lost the battle, the west coast of the US would “burn”. That would not have happened. There were some other “Facts” mentioned that I am not so sure about. They were mostly not significant to the plot, yet I wonder about them.
Now, onto the comparisons. Tora, Tora, Tora is the gold standard of war movies in my opinion. It has outstanding special effects for the era, it told a great story that was very engaging. I once saw that the famous movie critic Roger Ebert criticized it because it did not have character development. True enough, but it had a have duty story to tell; isn’t that what movies are about. In many ways this follows the Tora, Tora, Tora style, but with a more character development. There are fewer characters, and we see what they see in the arc from Peal Harbor to Midway; simultaneously developing their character arcs.
The 1976 Midway was not too bad of a flick, taking the Tora, Tora, Tora format of telling the story play by play, but throwing an awful Charlton Heston side plot onto it. The actual battle part of it was fine enough, but not as good as how Tora, Tora, Tora did it.
The new Midway does develop the characters somewhat. We grow to kinda like them, and naturally enough, cheer for them. All of this with the Tora, Tora, Tora style of storytelling.
Final verdict — It was rather good. I wish that it was a bit longer, with a corresponding plot slowdown, but I will take it. It is a movie to see.