Re: I couldn't bear to watch it...
BILL with regard to Britannia i saw the trailer and switched channel, determined to avoid it entirely!
Some of these contemporary productions have gone from the sublime to the cor blimey.
I watched one brief glimpse of "Black Sails" where the pirate captain said to his No. 1, "Give me your INPUT." I switched channels faster than the mate reached for his 18th, century laptop.
Then I settled down to watch the first episode of "Britannia". The opening scenes had stormy CG night time views of the Roman fleet off the coast of France, ready to invade Britain. Now, stormy, night shots can hide a lot of cheap, CG detail, but, so far, so good.
Then it switches to Caesar with his ADC about to set out. Now, think of what epic dialog could be used here. Think of Shakespeare. Think of the grandeur of antiquity. What does Caesar say?
"Let's get on this f***ing boat."
Then the music starts - it's Donovan's "Hurdy-Gurdy Man".
I was laughing so hard it took me nearly a minute to find the remote and switch channels, but I bet the Romans and Britons answer all questions with "so" instead of "well".
as you say Bill, OTT PC influence. I saw a bit where an officer (whose hair was far too long!) was berating a soldier for a racial comment to a black soldier. Quite right now - back then it would be 'who gives a damn'. Exeter looked silly - unwatchable pap.
As for Midway - the film - Woody Harrelson says 'this really happened' if I heard him correctly. History revised again.
The BBC are running a WWII drama series called "World in Flames" with quite a lot of CG. The panzers look quite good, albeit never in close-up so far. Same goes for the aircraft. The EXETER at River Plate and the (distant) Dunkirk ships were terrible. The contrived story line is farcical, and, as this being made in today's PC LGBTXYZ times, the BBC "luvies" have a totally irrelevant homosexual affair woven into it.
The twin-engine a/c I've been carping about is a Nell. Not engaged at Coral Sea, either. It did earn it's chops in the sinking of Repulse and POW, but last time I checked the only US "carrier" in Theatre was former carrier USS Langley.
Note the twin engine Japanese bomber nearly Kamikaze-ing a US CV.... for one, no carrier-borne twin-engine IJN aircraft... second, no land-based Japanese a/c at Pearl or Midway (and none actively engaged at Coral Sea), third, just what kind of IJN twin-engine a/c was that supposed to be? Not a Betty - this thing looks like it has a solid nose. Argh. You'd think with the zillions they spend to make these things, they'd throw a few thousand bucks at some period ship/battle experts to fact-check. Heck, there are any number of denizens of this board who could have helped! https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7mxjqw
Saw the movie Sunday at a special preview at NAS Oceana theater.
Movie could have been sub-titled “How Dick Best Won the Pacific War”. (Most of his flying scenes were unintentionally comically stupid). Movie was ok, ship depictions were generally good, with a few bloopers. Air combat was usually laughable…..esp the attack on Pearl Harbor……with Japanese planes zooming between paired battleships on Battleship Row at main deck level. Most aerial scenes made planes way too fast. The between the BBs flying was like the scene in original Star Wars with spaceships racing through stellar canyons. Opening flying scene has Best making an utterly ridiculous landing on ENTERPRISE. Maybe general public audience will think it’s neat, but there were enough aviators at Oceana that there was an audible collective groan/laugh at the landing (which was not the goal of the scene). Ship formations too tight, most aerial formations made it look like a “1000 bomber raid” rather than the relatively few planes usually involved.
Story was a bit disjointed, you’ll be able to decipher……most won’t, but probably most folks won’t care. So…..go see it. Just don’t expect a 100% satisfying movie. It’ll make a good impression for the Navy, however, it was just wrong enough in parts to make me groan.
Probably the less one knows about the 12/41-6/42 time frame and the less one knows about planes and ships, procedures and protocol.....the better that person will enjoy the film.
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