Midway Review & Comments

Evinger

Well-known Member
Going out on a limb here, and going to say that I get the feeling that you weren't impressed with this Movie. :)
(I've not been a Member anything like as long as many of you, but what was the last Movie to Score a "3"?)
 

DemonAV

Distinguished Member
After watching the trailer it seemed like another Pearl Harbour with dodgy dialogue and weirdly old school Pearl Harbour like CGI. Not for me I'm afraid but I will give it a try once its on Netflix or the telly.
 

adbailey18

Well-known Member
Lack of substance aside, what is the action like? Good enough to be worth a watch in the cinema? And enough of it?
 

Evinger

Well-known Member
After watching the trailer it seemed like another Pearl Harbour with dodgy dialogue and weirdly old school Pearl Harbour like CGI.
AND no Kate Beckinsale!
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
Going out on a limb here, and going to say that I get the feeling that you weren't impressed with this Movie. :)
(I've not been a Member anything like as long as many of you, but what was the last Movie to Score a "3"?)
Yes, it's quite rare, this year:

Kumari gave Men in Black: International a 2/10.

Sharuna gave the new Hellboy a 3.

Simon gave Batman & Robin a 3 and the new Robin Hood a 4.

I gave Besson's Anna, Escape Plan II and Redcon-1 a 3/10 and Netflix's Another Life, Unicorn Store and Murder Mystery a 4/10 but, you're right, we don't often go that low.

The productions - for me at least - have to be insultingly stupid.
 

Wedlock

Active Member
I saw this movie a couple of days ago and i’m sorry but i don’t agree with the conclusion of your review.
Is there a good script ? No but this is all about the action because the story is as it is , real history.
The action is well done and the sound mix was amazing (saw it with Atmos) and the movie took me along for the ride.
I was never expecting a deep going character building movie/story because come on it’s Roland Emmerich , so to expect one was just wishful thinking.

I’m giving the movie a 7 for it was a good time to watch and for all the action scenes.
 

Evinger

Well-known Member
Oh man... I love that movie. Ships, fights and Aliens ! What's not to like.
It's so absurdly silly it's fun. And the fact that the projectiles that the Aliens fire are modelled on the pegs from the Battleships Board Game makes it even better for me! :)
 

THX1138UK

Active Member
What a shame; this sounds like the ultimate turkey. I’ll maybe watch it on Blu-ray or a streaming service.

Tora! Tora! Tora! Is still *the* benchmark movie of the genre. Tension, great pace, action, practical effects and a sombre tone. I don’t know why modern America movies get it so wrong!


Regards,
James.
 

Fake Shempz

Active Member
3/10....yep, appears to have lived up to my low expectations for it. I was imagining something even worse than Pearl Harbour, and it sounds like its delivered in spades. Hats of to Roland Emmerich for fattening up this turkey long before Christmas.
 

DrHarvey12

Well-known Member
Sounds like the movie itself might be pretty bad but hopefully the soundtrack will have some redeeming features to it. I don't mind getting the odd film to use as demo pieces for the home theatre if it has a good scene or two in it. Be interesting to see what rating the soundtrack gets when it comes to blu-ray.

Thx for the review.
 

tman

Well-known Member
I couldn't even finish watching the trailer. So much cliche, so much CGI, such transparent characters, so much American macho bull. I think I'd watch the 1976 'Midway' any day of the week over this.
 

raymondo77

Distinguished Member
What’s this? A Roland Emmerich film that’s sh*t? Well, blow me down with the proverbial.
 

Hari Seldon

Standard Member
I must admit, after reading a number of Midway reviews, there's a good chance I would really enjoy the disaster master's latest. The emphasis is on the bigger story, minimizing the hand-wringing soya-induced modern romance melodrama, sticking to vast visuals and the gung-ho square-jaws of the Greatest Generation. And the sound design is exceptional. I think I will buy it.
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Just out of a screening and it lives up to being a Roland Emmerich movie. One dimensional characters, terrible dialogue and no depth. Even with historic events and people to draw from it felt cartoonish in its approach to the storytelling. It tried to be balanced but was so poorly conceived that it felt dishonourable in its good intentions to showing both sides of the tale.
Technically it was superbly shot, edited and scored. The sound mix in Atmos is incredible, especially during the dog fights and bombing runs, and in that respect, the action is superbly handled. I also didn't find myself looking at my watch as the pacing was tight, but then he wasn't going for story or character development. Overall I'd give it a 5.5/10
 

domtheone

Distinguished Member
Yup. Expected it to be dross and, seems that's the case.

Probably turn up on Netflix within 3-4 months so will catch it there.
 

alphaomega16

Distinguished Member
Honestly wasn't too fond of this redo, ill stick with the original.
 

alphaomega16

Distinguished Member
Sounds like the movie itself might be pretty bad but hopefully the soundtrack will have some redeeming features to it. I don't mind getting the odd film to use as demo pieces for the home theatre if it has a good scene or two in it. Be interesting to see what rating the soundtrack gets when it comes to blu-ray.

Thx for the review.
I actually enjoyed the movie but prefer the older version of it.
 

Rockets

Active Member
It's weird looking at the trailers it looks so unrealistic 'just computers' with over clean looking everything.
 

Evinger

Well-known Member
It's weird looking at the trailers it looks so unrealistic 'just computers' with over clean looking everything.
This is what worries me as well - the shots in the trailer reminded me of a video game on Max settings. Dunkirk never came over like that, and I know they used some real aircraft, but it always seemed real to me.

Of course, in terms of real aircraft, "The Battle of Britain" will now be impossible to beat - not enough flying examples.
 

Malingo

Active Member
I must admit, after reading a number of Midway reviews, there's a good chance I would really enjoy the disaster master's latest. The emphasis is on the bigger story, minimizing the hand-wringing soya-induced modern romance melodrama, sticking to vast visuals and the gung-ho square-jaws of the Greatest Generation. And the sound design is exceptional. I think I will buy it.
Can we stop focusing on the non-existant feminising effects of soya?
Everyone knows it's a cover story to distract from the fact that the deep state and the Illuminati are using chemtrails to turn all the frogs gay to kick start the new world order... You absolute nutcase.
 

Evinger

Well-known Member
using chemtrails to turn all the frogs gay
What about Asexual Frogs?
(In Jurassic Park, Richard Attenborough specifically stated that some frogs are Asexual, and he would not lie to us!) :)
EDIT: At least I think it was him who said that - anyway, it was DEFINITELY stated in Jurassic Park!
 

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