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Re: MIDWAY- A film critics view
Is Shattered Sword balanced between the American and Japanese accounts?
If you want to get the whole picture read Shattered Sword. I've read it four times so far.
A lot of commenters have criticized the rivet counters, but for those who donít count rivets, ( and there were lots of rivets) the basic flaws in the structure of this movie mean it will never be counted among the classics like TORA, TORA, TORA or THE LONGEST DAY.
Hereís some fundamental problems:
1. You have to fit the story within a limited amount of time. That means eliminating the extraneous material. This is the story about Midway, not Pearl Harbor or the Doolittle Raid. How to fix that? The Pearl Harbor story has been done many times, and most of what was shown was, aside from poorly done, unnecessary to the story. Showing the Japanese fleet, then the opening of the attack, followed by Nimitz taking command with the sunken ships in the background would have been sufficient. With the rest cut out, more time could have been devoted to the primary subject.
As for the Doolittle Raid, the whole segment in China was totally unnecessary and merely pandered to the Chinese investors. Again, it added nothing to the Midway story and wasted valuable time that could have been spent on the main subject.
2. Dick Best: Too much time was spent on a character who was a caricature, very unappealing, and not well acted. The success of movies like T3 and LONGEST DAY was that all the characters got equal treatment and the viewer got the sense that this was a group effort, not one manís victory.
3. Because too much time was wasted on items that werenít necessary, the main subject was reduced to a Cliff Notes version of the battle.
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