Midway (2019)

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Midway (2019) Film

Midway is a 2019 American war film based on the 1942 Battle of Midway during World War II. This was a turning point in the war in the pacific that signaled the beginning of the end for the Japanese empire. Since I'd seen the 1976 version of the film, and read a bit of History on the topic (especially around the code-breaking that enabled us to know where the Japanese were attacking and when), and my grandfather had fought in WWII and talked about this, there was little new or unexpected. But it was still a good, if somewhat Hollywood'ed version of what happened.

I'm not a fan of Hollywood doctoring up perfectly interesting stories. And this took quite a few liberties, but fewer than the 1976 version of the film. It most made the characters a little one-dimensional, made the scenery a little more interesting than it was, and got a few little details/people/timelines wrong. So it wasn't too bad, making it was a worthy telling of a story. Not quite a documentary, but a quite watchable Hollywood'ed version of one. So it wasn't the best war film, nor the worst -- it was just a nice throwback with a lot of historical accuracy on what happened in WWII, and a good popcorn film.


This got a 44/92 split between reviewers/viewers. The reviewers didn't like it because it was a bit of a traditional pro-American WWII film, and anti-American post-modern snowflakes hate that patriotism or America doing anything right. But viewers enjoyed the film anyways.
Reviewer Bias 

Movie critics often have a leftward slant that makes them droll and predictable. It also means if a movie is at all political, has anything that's politically incorrect, or can be re-imagined that way, then reviewers will likely get out of touch with the audience. Since I lean towards the audience preferences and away from marxism as movie-reviews, this spread (or the inverse of the reviewers opinions) can be a better indicator of how much I'll like a film than their actual reviews. more...


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