The Second World War is one of my favorite historical eras, and I will always give most films set in that time period a look – even if I know there’s a huge possibility that they are going to be bad.
When I heard that director Roland Emmerich was making his own film about the Battle of Midway, the turning point in the Pacific Theater, I was filled with trepidation, to say the least. While I do have a soft spot for Independence Day and The Patriot, Emmerich has been very sketchy with his last few films. They have gone into overwhelming schlock territory (Independence Day: Resurgence) and insulting, one-dimensional cartoon action (White House Down).
Much to my surprise, I enjoyed Midway a lot. It was Emmerich back to form—creating an exciting spectacle without any schlock or political pandering. It was an engaging film that made history come alive. And the history buff in me also appreciated how true to the actual events the film stayed.
Midway and similar films set in the WWII era bring with them depictions of varying degrees of heroism, valor, and bravery. It was a reminder just what real brave men looked like and just how much our current culture has corrupted the meaning of the word.
SPOILERS AHEAD! WELL, THE ALLIES WON WWII, SO…