I will admit Midway is not the best WWII movie I have seen, but it was an entertaining film that left me satisfied.
Midway Chronicles the well-known story of the Battle of Midway, which took place in June of 1942. The film begins by showing the bombing of Pearl Harbor and includes brief scenes from the Battle of The Coral Sea.
The plotline focuses on Richard “Dick” Best, a naval pilot, and Edwin T Layton an intelligence officer for the US Navy. The film also tells the story of many other pilots and Sailors. Having a vast number of storylines makes the plot hard to follow when it comes to individual characters. I feel, however, that this doesn’t mean that the film’s plot is a total bust. The best way to watch this film is to try to pay attention to the events rather than the individual characters. The film’s goal, I feel, is to capture the event as a whole rather than trying to focus on the story of one individual.
If you do, I promise you will be entertained. What the movie may lack in character development it makes up for in breathtaking special effects that leave you with an interesting perspective. The film shows what it must have looked like from the pilot’s cockpit. It shows how terrifying it must have been trying to dive bomb an enemy ship, bullets flying all around, planes blowing up beside you, whilst tearing towards the ground at reckless speeds.
Even though the film favors the story of the US, it does a good job at remaining somewhat neutral, sharing stories of bravery and honor from both US and Japanese servicemen.
All and all I left the theater very pleased. I wouldn’t call this film groundbreaking, or even spectacular really. I will say however that it left me with a deep respect for my forefathers and for their bravery in the face of danger I couldn’t possibly imagine. All things considered, Midway is definitely a good movie worth your time.
Director Taika Waititi (director of Thor Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople) outdoes himself again with his latest film, Jojo Rabbit. With the help of amazing performances by his cast (including silver screen favorites like Scarlett Johansson and Rebel Wilson) Waititi delivers an extremely hilarious, yet heartwarming tale about a very sensitive subject.
The story of JoJo Rabbit centers around Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) a young, timid, yet determined German boy in the height of Hitler’s Reich. German through and through, Jojo is determined to be the perfect Nazi. In fact, he is so fanatical in his nationalism that Hitler himself is his encouraging Imaginary friend.
Things quickly change for Jojo when he discovers that his own angel of a mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Now having to rethink everything he knows about his upbringing and training as a good little Nazi, Jojo learns some heartwarming lessons about humanity, friendship, love, and what it means to be a true hero.
In my opinion, this movie is groundbreaking and unlike any other Holocaust movie I have seen. This film uses humor to show the absolute abomination of the German Reich. The film displays how backward the culture of that time was and how the evils of antisemitism were even found its way into the minds and hearts of children. However, The movie also sends a powerful message: Hate will not prevail.
This movie is an absolute must-see. Get yourself a ticket and get down to the theater TODAY to see this extraordinary film. Prepare to laugh your butt off at the extremely clever and hilarious quips and scenes. Also be sure, however, to also have a box of tissue nearby for the heartwarming and tear-wrenching moments of this movie that is a celebration of love and tolerance.
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