"Pearl Harbor" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

Today the name of Michael Bay is strongly associated with the "Transformers". Such a comparison makes sense, because this series about aliens taking shape of the car, secured him a reputation as one of the top grossing film directors of our time. Although the quality of the submitted stories in the papers is not always the budget allocations, entertainment and intensity more than compensates for this drawback. Fourth numbered job, "Pearl Harbor" in no way can not be called the best military drama and even more reliable, but the setting allows you to judge the level of him as a good-quality, not without flaws, the movie.
The plot tells the story of Danny ( Josh Hartnett) and Raven (Ben Affleck), childhood friends who since time immemorial have dreamed of a career fighter pilot. As befits, as adults, a dream come true for both of them. Rave, as one of the best pilots sent to the European front, but shortly before the departure of fate brings him to the nurse Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale) and they embark on an affair. After the departure to Europe, Evelyn and Danny are sent on the orders of the naval base of the United States, "Pearl Harbor." Subsequent events can be described as a love triangle, in parallel with the unfolding devastating Japanese attack on the US naval base. The idea to show the sensual, full of experiences and emotions, a love story against the backdrop of global developments are not new. So, suffice it to recall the "Titanic" James Cameron, where the tragedy of a giant ship has become a platform for the development of a similar love dilemma. In proportion to the scale, the picture became much Bay as a more superficial and predictable in terms of drama.
This does not imply lack of experience as such. On the contrary - the characters, and not just the principal, imbued with and empathize, especially when it comes to the Japanese invasion. A considerable share of drama brings a beautiful soundtrack, written by Hans Zimmer, who manages to somehow miraculously pry mental notes, slobber forcing even the most callous man. And the dialogues no longer bother your schematic and undisguised excessive pathos. Although, in addition to Hans, an important role was played by actors, pardon the pun. Perhaps Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett are not stars of the first magnitude, but in "Pearl Harbor" they demonstrated the level of acting looks very worthy, without hypocrisy, and brute force. The main problem with the film drama point of view lies not in the quality and originality, or adjusted, its absence. All long-laid plot moves to the Bay, and a love triangle with a "complex" destiny, will be able to anticipate any experienced audience, which does not enter the annals of movie film in the best dramas.
But the drama and pathos are, rather, to demonstrate the colorful and intense attack Japanese aircraft on the base "Pearl Harbor." Strange but true - a decade setting level is not outdated, but all the time allotted to the director on the image of the American defeat of the Navy, looks very hard, with genuine empathy. Such an effect, in addition to special effects, which is achieved by the actors chosen, not only the main roles. The short "excursion" on the home servants, captains, colonels, and a common base of employees, conducted throughout the film makes it possible to remember almost every secondary character. Half an hour of screen time allotted to show the horror and chaos with the devastation caused by the Japanese, provides insights about this episode is very bright and spectacular.
Unfortunately, the closer to the finale, apparently from an overabundance of patriotic feelings, directing ceases to please the eye. And it's not a lack of budgetary funds. "Pearl Harbor" to the Americans is considered a disgrace for a comparable level with the Russian-Finnish war. And the operation Jimmy Doolittle bombing of Tokyo, which went down in history as the "Doolittle Raid" in the context of the film, is a kind of pay back for the harm caused to citizens and the US Army. For Americans at the time the raid was huge, especially the psychological value, because was able to demonstrate that Japan is not as invulnerable and far, as it should. The inclusion of this operation, as the final stage of history, should be softened residual resentment of American audiences for the reminder of the shame of the seventh of December. In fact, it turned out that no such isolation is not necessary, and foreign audience to the same, it seemed, to put it mildly, strange. And the strangeness of this expression in the fact that now, after so many years, this operation looks like a petty and not comparable to the damage caused treacherous blow to the Japanese. If the first two hours are associated with "Titanic", then the last one can be judged as a very unconvincing and stretched likeness of "Saving Private Ryan." And it hurt, none of the American critics, this "consolation prize" are not appreciated and the foreign site imdb rating barely reached six points, against the background of "eight" from kinopoisk looks quite unusual.
explanation for such a cold reception, in addition to reminders above, is the abundance of discrepancies with which literally full of films. This caused a lot of disturbances, both veterans and ordinary viewers who are interested in history and in some way they can understand. One business aircraft color mismatch historical, and another when the national hero, Colonel James Doolittle, depict a figure diametrically opposed to a real person. Such meticulous theme, especially for residents of the US, does not tolerate any distortion of the reality, that's why the impressive difference estimates. What can we say, hurt enough so that in six months the company National Geographic was not too lazy to release a documentary devoted to inaccuracies and discrepancies with the actual events brainchild of Michael Bay.
But the magic name of the director, despite the extremely low valuations critics, saved from the reel complete failure at the box office. And if the concept of "feature film" does not evoke associations with documentary and historical accuracy, and prepared in accordance with the "guest" love line does not cause a feeling of déjà vu, then the film should definitely make time. Otherwise, you can just give the film a chance, if only out of curiosity. After all, in the appendage to all the above, the director is very competently managed to submit an image of pre-war America with all the attributes of the time. And if that was not enough, half an hour, leading into the ecstasy of explosions and spectacular staging scenes reel will make remember for years to come.

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