This film has all the Roland Emmerichness in it, but the action was good enough once you get into it!!!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
What I Like:
-You know there wasn’t too much good that comes to my mind in this film, I will explain in the next section
The So So:
-Let’s start with the acting, there were some great actors like Patrick Wilson and Woody Harrelson as the main leaders of the crucial moment in US history in World War II, then there were some bad acting like Ed Skrein with a terrible New Jersey accent that seem to fade away at the end of the movie, and Nick Jonas who is from Jersey and his accent sounded terrible and forced, I also find it interesting how many British guys were playing American soldiers and it shows
-The action in the end was fun to watch seeing all the airplane action happening in the Battle of Midway it was thrilling and fun, with that said the first action scene with the Battle of Pearl Harbor looked terrible, some scenes looked clearly green screen and off, it almost liked they wasted their whole budget on one battle, and phoned it in on the other battle
-Directors Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay are one in the same to me, great action scenes, subpar to terrible stories, and this one is no different, to compare, I thought Midway had the better story than the film Pearl Harbor, but that is not saying much, they just went with the safer no real risk story, but I thought the action in the film of Pearl Harbor was better than Midway, although Midway had more action per say, anyways, it’s like comparing two close to rotten fruits that can possibly taste good, which is really setting the bar low
What I Didn’t Like:
-With the story I thought it really dragged on, they could’ve cut a little bit of the verbal politics and arguments, and just get to the action scenes which is really what we want to see
-One good example they could’ve done away with was Doolittle’s Raid, it really didn’t pertain too much to the main story, in history it boosted morale for the US, but for this film I felt it was a waste of time, and a waste for Aaron Eckhart who played the role of Jimmy Doolittle, it just wasn’t that necessary
As I said before, this does have the hands of a Roland Emmerich movie, good CGI action at times, but a very mediocre story. The only difference is this is not a made up disaster movie that Emmerich usually does, this was a true story which is maybe why it wasn’t as bad as some of his past films. It is an ok to decent movie, with inconsistent acting, decent action, and ok pacing with some cliches. I wouldn’t call it a historical marvel movie, but it could be a fun watch with nothing else to do!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars
(Sidenote: The Art of Self-Defense- I actually enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. Starting with the black comedy ordeal, I was actually laughing out loud on the dialogue and funny scenes that was executed. The acting by Jesse Eisenberg as the awkward karate student and Alessandro Nivola as his sensei were great to watch them together. Lastly, the twists this story brings were great and astonishing. Overall, if you into weird black comedies, you will like this one for sure!!!
Real Rating: 4.5 Stars)