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In Reply to: RE: 'Midway': Boomer's Delight . . . posted by Billy Wonka on November 08, 2019 at 15:30:26
...the '76 version last nite, a day after I saw the new one.
The CGI in the new 'Midway' was plenty good enough the vast majority of the time, but one distant scene of a B-17 landing at Midway looks as if they spent about $10 on it...but I saw one of those snort-inducing cheapies in the '76 version too.
Plenty-good-enough script, acting, special effects; go see it.
Meanwhile, I'm off this afternoon to see 'Ford v Ferrari' at its Thursday-evening opening at our local IMAX theater*. ... :-)
* This is owned and operated by the Harkins company, the best in our BIG city (and the ONLY movie theater I'll go to), so it ought to be really good.. It'll be my first IMAX in maybe 20 years.
Tin-eared audiofool, lover of large-scale Classical and film music and movies, and amateur fotografer.
William Bruce Cameron: "...not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
is the exact same seen frame for frame (as are a few others) from 1976 Midway's stable mate film ("Tora! Tora! Tora!") 1970. I can't remember all of them but one for certain was the scene (during the bombing of Midway) of the large jeep like vehicle, driver losing control and the vehicle turning on its side. In "Tora! Tora! Tora!" the B-17 was landing in the airport at Pearl Harbor during the that bombing. Another scene from "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (in Midway 1976) was two Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks taking of from Hickam Field some where near Pearl Harbor. There is a write up somewhere why they recycled the footage.
I love history and thought it was a great movie. One thing that kind of ruined it for me was seeing some certain stars that seemed out of place.
When they showed Admiral Halsey it was played by Dennis Quaid.That didn't work for me. They needed a character to look or act like William Demerest.
The 3rd Rock from the Sun kid popped up and distracted from the story some.
Woody Harrelson as Admiral Nimitz? I don't think any Academy Awards are going his way.
I did always wonder when they would do computer animation to a major sea battle and they did that here and it's fantastic.
There were 2 other things I forgot.
In the new movie there was a scene about the Hiryu and it's captain going down with the ship but there was nary a mention of the Yorktown and the destroyer Hamman,in rescue, sinking and the Yorktown finally sunk by I-168 a Japanese sub.This was covered in the first movie,1976.
Another part which distracted me from the seriousness of the movie was the brief appearance of the actor playing John Ford the movie director. Who ever it was did a better job of playing Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko than John Ford.
It is still a great movie and even with my nit-picking of various scenes it is a must see....Mark
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