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Film Review: Midway

What the hell am I about to watch?

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

Rating: PG-13

Genre: Action, Drama, History

Running Time: 138 mins

Director: Roland Emmerich

Staring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid

Distributor: Lionsgate

Budget: $100 million

Opening Weekend US: $17.8 million


Alright now that I know that bit - hit me with a little clip....


Well I'm still reading so I must be intrigued tell me more!

It's a good film if you are into this kind of film. There's action, explosions, and a bit of history about the events after Pearl Harbour. It's not Dunkirk but it'll hold you over until 1917 comes out in January 2020.


The film picks up moments into the attack of Pearl Harbour. We follow the carrier USS Enterprise and the crew on trying to find the main naval fleet of the Japanese. The kill them before they kill you approach to war is the basis of the plot.


The story is easy enough to follow. There are a couple of bits that confused me at times from the jumps to being on the ship doing scouting then, all of sudden back in Hawaii that the Officer's Club. It followed people that were actually part of the history which had me crying at the end when they show you want happened to them after the war was over. There was only one point that I had a little chuckle.


The film seemed to me to fall into the problem of too many characters in too little of a time frame. You were provided the attachment to any one character of give a ton of the backstory to make you fill like you can connect with one of them. I spent a good portion of the film going 'oh he's in....' rather than actually wondering about the character and what is going to happen to them.

Female Representation

There are woman in the film. The wives of the pilots and army. The only conclusion I can come to about their background is that they must be housewives because I wasn't provided any details about them otherwise. Any conversation that happened with other female character was talking about their husbands. So that is a fail in my opinion and the Bechdel test.


That's all great and thanks but the real deets now!

If you are a war buff or like the cinematic documentary approach. This film is for you. If you just want to look at Luke Evans for over two hours, go ahead and wait for the film to be in the Redbox.


Rhiannon viewed the film in 2D setting at Cineworld Rushden Lakes on 29 November 2019.

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