'Left the theatre Friday, 8 November, impressed and filled with somber, appreciative Zeitgeist, beyond all expectations.
The CGI was incredible. Repeat, incredible.
Were there "errors" in "Midway" which "should" have been seen and corrected by the tech advisers (and if so, were those techs overruled?) For sure, on the former, unknown, on the latter.
Was the movie 100% accurate? No, the normal format is 2 hours and a bit.
Was it, "over-dramatic"? How many thousand people lost life, loved ones, health, limbs and sanity in those few days? Nothing cinematic can portray that. The movie's makers at least tried. In great earnest.
Midway was one of modern history's most human-cataclysmic events, 10 hours would not have been enough.
'Have read well over a thousand books on WW II, built gobs of models, belong to multiple associated history and modeling societies, just saying.
This movie was not made for we, the 1/100,000 of "too-subject-informed" viewers. We should be big enough to concede that.
At the end of the movie, sitting through every second of the credits made one aware; hundreds of people were involved in its making.
In this opinion, they can hold their heads high.
The answer legendary musician-poet, Bob Dylan gave to a detractor, ‘couple decades ago, comes to mind.
Jerk who just saw / heard a live performance. “Your old stuff was better.”
Dylan’s reply, “At least I’m still writing and performing and recording…what have you written, recorded and performed, lately?”
An earnest appeal to those angry, bilious critics on this thread; please, please post links to your own blockbuster movies, NYT Best Seller Books, works displayed in major galleries, platinum record pieces of music...
...so we the appreciative-of-earnest-effort, great unwashed hordes, "can see how public art is supposed to be done."
It was pretty entertaining. I thought it got way more right than I would have expected. The CGI was pretty amazing at times. I am so thrilled that people might take an interest in events that are fading all too rapidly. Maybe people will pick up "Shattered Sword" or "Miracle at Midway". Perhaps kids will model some WWII ships or planes. It was not a documentary, but the movie was able to stick reasonably close to the historical narrative. I was in the theater with about 25 others and they all seemed to like it. I think there's a reason that Hollywood is used as an adjective---it's not supposed to be real!