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Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ / Movie: ★ ★
When a big budget WWII epic rolls around, you might muster enough optimism to think it’s going to be something more than a collection of expected clichés strung together with a script dripping with over sentimentality and rousing one-liners.
If you’re able to do that heading into Roland Emmerich’s Midway, you’re going to be sorely disappointed because that’s unfortunately all it is.
Midway accounts the true story of the battle of – you guessed it – Midway, a response by the Americans to the attacks on Pearl Harbour and turning point for the allies in WWII. If you’re still feeling optimistic, you could try to argue that it has a storyline about characters buried somewhere deep but if you’re more realistic, you’d say it’s a film that doesn’t have even the slightest whiff of character development.
The film’s lineup of actors is one which boasts a fairly impressive collection of CVs but they’re from people who usually find themselves second or third billing rather than being the headliner in all of their movies. And while everyone turns in an acceptable performance, except maybe for Ed Skrein who sports a cringe-worthy American accent throughout, it all feels a bit cumbersome. It’s like a play that the cast forgot to rehearse.
It also feels like a last minute thought to have Mandy Moore as high up on the billing and as prominent on the poster as she is, considering her role is miniscule as a concerned wife left at home. A brilliant actor when given the right projects, it feels like the marketing department realised only once the film was complete that she was in fact the only woman in the whole thing with a name or more than one line of dialogue and pumped her up the credits.