It was the end of
innocence, and the dawn of a nation's greatest glory.
First of all I'd like to say that this is one long-ass
film. Pearl Harbor is a movie in need of serious editing. This thing needs
to be trimmed down by at least 30 minutes. It felt like it just went on
and on, at times without any direction. The first block of film is where
it really needed trimming. The whole love relationship and flip flopping
that occurs there is a waste of film. The story should have been more
tightly woven around the actual events of Pearl Harbor. It's not like you
couldn't have had a love story in there too. It just needed tightening
and there was too
much soap opera.
You can't talk about Pearl Harbor and not talk about the FX. The FX were
dazzling. Mr. Bay stole a page from the Spielberg book of movie warfare
101. Most of the action shots are filmed like the camera is on location
with a lot of shake and disjointed point of view like in Saving Private
Ryan, but unlike SPR, Pearl Harbor is a bit less intense because of the
nature of the attack scenes. In PH, of course, almost all of the action comes
from planes dropping bombs instead of infantry soldiers shooting each other one
on one. This somewhat distances the audience from some of the grittiness
of war. Another thing that was different from SPR was the casualty scenes were shot out of focus so that you don't see as much detail. I
assume for a PG-13 rating. For the most part I would give Michael Bay a
thumbs up for all the action. It's pretty intense. The sound department
was good to go too. Lots of cool engine roar of the planes and good
explosion and shooting sound FX.
Overall I liked the film but it is by no means a masterpiece. It's too
heavy handed, especially with all the romance crap. It lacks the
subtlety of a better film. In the end though, it's worth watching at least
once. My mom summed it up perfectly, "It was good, but it wasn't as good
as that Saving Private Ryan."
Theater Rant On.
The stupid bitch that felt she had to come down and check on her children
(two teenage girls) right in the fucking middle of the bombing of Pearl
Harbor needs to die. Was she just so fucking clueless that she thought
this would be an ok thing to do? If she was so fucking worried about her
two precious offspring then they should have been seated with her. If
people can't turn off their goddamn cell phones and sit and watch (without
commentary) a movie for 2 to 3 hours then they shouldn't go to a theater.
People suck. It's because of these inconsiderate bastards/bitches that I
would rather watch the DVD at my own home than on the big screen most of
Theater Rant Off.