SAN DIEGO – William Fentress was just a teenager when he sailed to Midway as a Marine cook.
At a private screening Thursday for the movie based on the beat he saw with his own eyes – we come to how bad the movie was in a second – the 94-year-old silently told of his experience aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and the months which led to the important commitment.
"We came to Hawaii after the Battle of the Coral Sea and would have at least 30 days to patch up the ship," Fentress told the Military Times.
But the Navy could not spare 30 days and ordered the aircraft to be ready to go to Midway after only 72 hours of repairs.
"We were all crazy," laughed Fentress. "We thought we would stay in Hawaii."
When seemingly endless waves of low-flying Japanese fighter planes approached Yorktown on June 4, 1942, all Tennessee natives could do to hold on and watch. Fentress and the others are supported for impact before torpedoes down the already injured carrier, shaking it like a rag doll and sending men scurrying into the sea.
"I couldn't swim a lick," he said. “You know, Tennessee got nothing but creeks anyway. … When I hit the water, I don't know what I was thinking to tell the truth. I was just trying to go up and down. But when I hit that water, I suddenly learned to swim.
The crushed Yorktown listed on one side" as a car turned ", Fentress remembered seeing from the water, and would eventually give in to her injury. on June 7, turning to its harbor before rolling up and down and sinking.
And while Fentress, with the help of Yorktown's commander, Captain Elliott Buckmaster, would board an adjacent destroyer and live to fight another day , the veterinarian who has already endured so much wasn't spared Thursday from having to witness the battle's resale in one of the worst war movies since Michael "The Explosion" Bay's "Pearl Harbor."
Spoilers, in this case, are playing just don't matter. If you take away your hard-earned money to see this movie, you destroy your own life and destroy the joy of those in your company.
Use the two hours, 18 minutes, to make something more fun, like repeatedly smashing your face into a wall.
To begin with, there were none.
It is an experience best compared to a sudden average life development of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder.
First we are in a duck from the 1930s -hunting flashback, then we are at the attack of Pearl Harbor, then a bar toasting the fallen, then on board the USS Enterprise (CV-6), then in Washington, then Japan again, then in a jazz club, then a war game aboard a Japanese carrier, then Doolittle Raid, then the Marshall Islands, and beyond.
Most Americans would argue that Midway really doesn't need a complete chronological structure and could live as a movie on its own, but director Roland Emmerich ("Independent Day", "Day After Tomorrow" – yes, they) felt oth erwise . Instead, viewers are given a crash course on a series of monumental events in US history that are limited to 10 or 15 minutes of screen segments.
Listening, painfully, to the film in the dialogue, I couldn't help but imagine a film production setting where the crew meets a chimpanzee who has just begun to learn American sign language.
In this imaginative – or perhaps real – life scene – the crew asks the chimpanzee's input on the heroic Doolittle Raid, which the chimpanzee signs back, "Now feed. I'm throwing a bow. ”
The excited crew high-fives, so proud of himself and adds the chimpanzee's contribution to the script.
As such, writing in "Midway" is surprisingly bad. Each character speaks only to a dialect of recruiting parole, and for some reason, sailors in the reach of Emmerich's marines indicate a whole force that grew up as either rough and tough New Yorkers or yokels from the Bible Belt.
Here are some actual dialogue lines from the movie:
- "Let me put a 500-pound bomb right down in their goddamned pile of smoke." This would have been difficult, given that the traditional, high-rise funnel sticks on ships were mostly a tale of the past. The Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga's smoke stack, for example, was on the ship's side.
- "He commands us to charge, like Samurai, to save our glory." Ah, yes, the necessary Samurai reference.  "This is for Pearl!" Screams Ed Skrein (as Dick Best), as he flies inexorably through his own bomb explosion for dramatic effect.
- "We won." Woody Harrelson's emotionless explanation (like Adm. Chester Nimitz) was the final dialogue before the credits mercilessly roll.
At one point, a pilot New Yorker asks Nick Jonas why he never seems afraid. The Jonas brother tells him that we will all die when we don't expect it, so what's the use in worrying? The pilot then unexpectedly drives his plane off the flight deck and straight into the sea, at which point I began hoping that a plane unexpectedly would fly through the screen and drop the payload at my theater location.
is reminiscent of a friend who fell victim during the Pearl Harbor attack. Skrein, the English-born actor and rapper who also goes by the stage name, The Dinnerlady P.I.M.P., tells a terrible drinking story in a terrible New York accent designed to be terribly heartfelt. Instead, he stumbles through an anecdote that generates as much emotion as Derek Zoolander's "eugoogly." their heroic deeds during the "Great War."
The United States had not declared war until after his friend was killed. What war did they plan to tell stories about?
These minor details, however, did not matter to Roland Emmerich, who during "Day After Tomorrow" had Dennis Quaid walk … walk … from Pennsylvania to New York on a single day in the middle of a apocalyptic ice age.
All praise to the quad and calf muscle god Dennis Quaid.
Finally, the best dialogue by far was generated by Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bombers, who, being inanimate objects, had no lines.
This started off to a shaky start to the Pearl Harbor sequence.
Visual and audio were so compelling that the sudden rise of Optimus Prime from a Hawaiian volcano that shouted, "USS Arizona, roll out!" would not have come as a surprise.
And after some people asked how it stacked, I went back and – against some better judgment – saw the Pearl Harbor attack scene from the terrible movie in 2001. Admittedly, 18 years of computer graphics improvements didn't translate at all.
Selected air-to-air battles or dive bomb sequences were mildly entertaining, but took an unnecessarily long time to build. The dive time from 2000 meters up to the bomb discharge should not take what felt like an eternity.
A Japanese soldier who caught a duck with a net in the 1930s backback was the movie's most compelling action sequence.
The most common of details that could be examined via Wikipedia with a .23 second Google search turned out to be too much of a production crew request for a movie based on the battle that turned the tide throughout the Pacific war.
Just watch some of these "facts" after the movie shared on screen:
- Lieutenant Clarence Earle Dickinson, Jr. received three naval crosses, "the navy's highest price for combat." Nothing is required to detect that this is incorrect.
- To bomb two carriers in one day "Dick won" a naval cross. Won?
Finally, the final word on screen says, "This movie is dedicated to the Americans and Japanese who fought on Midway."
The same fanatical Japanese military that injured more than 40 percent of US prisoners of war or used prisoner rifle and bayonet practice The same who massacred at least 20 million Chinese men, women and children? The same who systematically raped Chinese girls and women who use bats, bottles or bayonets as tools for mutilation before carrying out executions? Same as according to Ian Toll's "conquest of tides" children being formed into a circle, throwing in a live hand grenade and making them play with until it exploded? Same as, when hungry, actually stripped muscle from living humans to eat? Same as used Chinese civilians to test diseases and pathogens for biological warfare?
Even in the movie, Japanese officers take an American Ansk POW, ties ropes around his hands that have an anchor attached to the other end and throws it in the Pacific.
This movie was physically upsetting and could ruin anyone's weekend.
Stay away from it and refrain from the mental battle.
Save Your Money for the First World War Sam Mendes movie, "1917," which is set on a limited Christmas Day release before hitting theaters across the country on January 10, 2020.