Release Date: November 8th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of war violence and related images, language and smoking)
Runtime: 2 hr 18 min
Directed By: Roland Emmerich
Written By: Wes Tooke
Starring: Ed Klein, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Etsushi Toyokawa,, and Mandy Moore
Midway is based upon one of the most important battles in American history. Shortly after Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, plans were made to also attack Midway Island. This movie shows the viewpoints of both the Japanese and the Americans, leading up to, and while fighting in this battle.
The movie begins a few years before World War II, and reveals a meeting between American and Japanese military officers. At the meeting, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa) gives a warning to Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson), a U.S. Navel attache, about what would happen if Japan was pushed into a corner. He explains that Japan receives most of their oil from the United States, and if that supply was threatened, than Japan would have to take action.
Next, we see the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the devastation it causes. This introduces us to the movie’s main character. Dick Best (Ed Klein), is a fearless gungho fighter pilot for the U.S, Navy. Most of the movie revolves around his experiences and how he deals with them. Other characters have their own roles to play in the war, including Best’s supportive wife, Ann (Mandy Moore). We get to see Jimmy Doolitte (Aaron Eckhart), and his men make a bombing run over Tokyo, while Wade McClusky (Luke Evans) and Roy Pearce (Alexander Ludwig) fight alongside Best. Finally, Dennis Quaid plays Admiral William Halsey and Woody Harrelson commands the whole operation as Admiral Chester Nimitz. Besides this, we do get to see the decisions being made on the other side of the battle with the Japanese.
Midway may not have been as engaging as other war movies such as Pearl Harbor, but it still held its own. At times, it seemed a bit far fetched for a true story, but hey, that’s Hollywood. Overall, the dog fights over the Pacific were well filmed, and the special effects were spot on. The actors did fairly well bringing to life their characters, even if they were a little unrealistic at times.
For fans of war movies such as myself, Midway will not be a must see, but it will wet your appetite for good ole ass kicking American movies. The producers chose a good weekend to release the film too, as Americans’ pride in our veterans is heightened. This showed in the cinema as most of the audience were senior citizens. I know that they enjoyed the movie, because it ended with a round of applause from the patriotic crowd.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars