Film review on pearl harbor
A relatively comfortable trip with no surprises to interrupt your enjoyment, Pearl Harbor is also like every war movie made during the last 60 years - - but with effects that were inconceivable even a year ago.
I fault the script and the director who uses frequent cuts, lots of slow motion shots, and even smears vasoline on the lens for certain scenesnot the actors.
That sounds like an interesting story, but the film is too busy with the ludicrous triangle that develops among Rafe, Danny and Evelyn to tell it. Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality.
But after an hour of absurd, lump-in-the-throat romanticism, the arrival of the enemy comes as something of a relief.
Film review on pearl harbor
Got any evidence, oh all-seeing one? Which, for a romantic historical epic, is only fitfully suitable. After Mr. The film's narrative arc, demanding a trimphant ending, concludes with Colonel Doolittle leading Rafe and Danny on a bombing raid whose targets include Tokyo, and which, in contrast to the Pearl Harbor attack, is viewed entirely from the perspective of the bombers. He is nothing more than a rugged face, square jawed hero type American boy - the only silver lining to the film is that at least a good script wasn't wasted on his flat and uninvolving delivery. Rafe and Danny are closer than brothers until Evelyn comes between them. Suddenly, we're no longer stuck with dumb character interaction and painful dialogue. When Rafe is found alive he returns to America and finds his best friend in love with his girlfriend. Ben is not dead. Meanwhile, half a world away, the Japanese celebrated their victory, but Yamamoto wondered out loud whether the attack had been the best thing, saying, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. That sounds like an interesting story, but the film is too busy with the ludicrous triangle that develops among Rafe, Danny and Evelyn to tell it.
Randall Wallace's galumphing screenplay doesn't even try for plausibility. Suddenly, we're no longer stuck with dumb character interaction and painful dialogue.
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Yet considering it's an American World War Two movie, the Japanese get plenty of screen time to establish themselves as humans. But, when it comes to an end and the last torpedo has been launched, the movie still has nearly an hour to go. It's worth noting that Beckinsale is dressed and shot using backlighting and soft focus in a way that makes her look like a female screen icon of the '40s. I was already starting to feel my ears bleed. Gooding Jr is so poorly used that I wondered why the film even bothered to keep him in it. As they turn to one another for support and healing they gradually fall in love. The most involving material in the film comes at the end, when Jimmy Doolittle Alec Baldwin leads his famous raid on Tokyo, flying Army bombers off the decks of Navy carriers and hoping to crash-land in China. The Dorie Miller subplot smacks of demographic base covering and self-congratulatory bad faith. There are several scenes where the Japanese high command debates military tactics, but all of their dialog is strictly expository; they state facts but do not emerge with personalities or passions. I enjoyed the movie a whole lot. Rafe and Danny are closer than brothers until Evelyn comes between them. Instead of a story, the film provides data, telling you what it should show, suggest or leave implicit.
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Secondly the script is a woefully inept piece of rubbish that makes the Telebubbies feel like the pinnacle of modern writing. Arizona whose valor during the attack made him the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross. I fault the script and the director who uses frequent cuts, lots of slow motion shots, and even smears vasoline on the lens for certain scenes , not the actors. Suddenly, we're no longer stuck with dumb character interaction and painful dialogue. The sole voice of intelligence at the top tables is played - not for laughs - by Dan Aykroyd. I predict some viewers will leave the theater sincerely confused about why there were Japanese in China. Shortcuts, like montages and flashbacks, are used depict the depth of the characters' feelings for one another. Affleck and Ms. Roosevelt , Cuba Gooding Jr.
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