I actually went and bought this movie and the money was well spent. Doc C Japanese leaders believed that the old order controlled by United States and European countries was crumbling. Michael Bay never misses a chance to leave his viewers awestruck with his action packed works, with strands of deadly love. Instead, this moment is an example of both implausibility and bad story structure. In the early 1930s, Japan started its conquest to take China. Now then, as I said before, I don't feel like director Bay or screenwriter Randall Wallace did their military research before starting filming.
The Director's Cut version does not change my opinion of this movie. As poorly used as they are, at least it is interesting to see faces like Jennifer Garner, Dan Aykroyd, Adam Baldwin, Sizemore, Voight, Tagawa, Everett, Diehl, Coates and Fichtner. People think it's the best movie ever. But both he and Affleck make believable friends, and their scenes together are authentic and real. People are saying that it's just too much shoot 'em up and too many explosions.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor interrupts and the two friends put aside their difference and take on the enemy, downing several Japanese planes. He's just running everything around too haphazardly. It's like its been directed by a 13-year old girl. And I really hated the way he made the pilots seem stupid, not knowing their right from their left. They enter the Army Air Corps and both fall in love with the same nurse, Evelyn Johnson --first Rafe falls for her, and then, after he is reported dead, Danny. I wasn't too concerned about historical accuracies of films which are based on true events, as long as they were kept to a minimum, but this movie changed my mind. Worst movie ever, ever, ever! And all of the sudden, Walker and McKawley are bomber pilots? Three hours of pointless clichés, cheesy scenes, unlikeable characters, historical inaccuracies and the worst direction I have ever seen.
Did they perhaps also have imperialist designs? Torpedoes hiss under the thrashing feet of drowning soldiers, men are blown through upturned ship's propellers towards the camera, and fighters plough into each other. The solution to their problem comes straight out of television soap operas: Affleck is reported killed in action. So, Pearl Harbor is about 2 friends who get twindled in love with a girl while fighting the sadistc Vietnam horror. Perhaps it's good to get to know the characters, but would have the movie been any less intense during the Pearl Harbor scene if we didn't know the central characters? Did pilots ever play chicken with the enemy? But every time you want to linger on a sky full of planes or a battleship rolling over, Bay's restless camera cuts away. Then, suddenly Affleck returns from the dead after having survived a crash in the English Channel. The film as a whole is brilliantly written; it's not too soppy with the romance and not too over the top with pure action.
But every time you want to linger on a sky full of planes or a battleship rolling over, Bay's restless camera cuts away. If you want to see a film that is totally historically accurate, watch a documentary for heavens sake. Regrettably, it contains plenty of foul language and some implied sexual immorality. In addition to be condescending, this scene is just plain wrong. If you'd like to know what these inaccuracies are checkout Wikipedia and search Pearl Harbor film. Our 10 year old did pretty good with it but I think a couple years later would have been best. Everyone else in the film has some sort of connection to Affleck, Hartnett or Beckinsale, but Gooding exists separately.
The movie is really long but the cast performed very well and the war scenes were remarkably astute. Absolutely superb watch, and I'd highly recommend it! See the horrible deaths of 2500 or so people commemorated by a film about two guys who fly fast planes really fast. That being said, its script and acting are simply terrible in many places. Also, Ben and Josh Hartnett's characters were fighter pilots. The motion picture is certainly not for the faint hearted.
One thing done right was Dory Miller Cuba Gooding, Jr. Watch the awful bombing of a military target. Doc B A second cause of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was the threat of U. Bay's pre-war America looks like it emerged from a beer ad - little boys fly soapbox Sopwiths, while real-life biplanes zoom over amber waves of grain. A really silly moment is when you see the Japanese attack plans.
I'm assuming he was trying to show how this tragedy affected real people, but this movie is way more about the romance than it is about the bombings! The love triangle is the main focus of the movie, which is completely unnecessary and a waste of time. I mean, it's one thing to have a fictional character act idiotically, but it's something else to belittle the efforts of a real person. The romance is poorly written, and completely untinteresting. If you want to see a movie that's not so explosive, watch Twilight. Almost two hundred planes and eight battleships also laid crippled in the channel. Watch the heroic bombing of a city. And while Baldwin, Affleck, and Hartnett are all gifted actors, here they become part of something that feels move like convention than inspiration, and the end of the movie — which is mostly obvious from the word go, feels like it takes front seat, with the historical tragedy of Pearl Harbor following behind when in reality it deserved the front and center.
However, I wanted to turn the gun on myself when Affleck goes to England and we have to hear Beckinsale writing her letters. Affleck, Hartnett, and Beckinsale look gorgeous and do their best to give some depth to the cardboard characters, but they cannot overcome a soapy plot and dialogue that is often wooden and sometimes wildly anachronistic. Believing he is killed in action, his best friend Danny Walker Josh Hartnett comforts--and hooks with--his girlfriend Evelyn Johnson Kate Beckinsale. With a lame and drippy score courtesy of Hans Zimmer, there's plenty of sap already, thank you very much. Its epic valor and powerful 40 minute bombing sequence are exceptionally executed. Waste of talent: Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, Alec Baldwin, and Jennifer Garner are given relatively minor roles in the film.