Based on 140 votes and 47 reviews
I really enjoyed this movie. It made me thankful for the people that risked their lives for my freedom. The movie was well acted.
Bad cgi, bad acting , bad plot , Doolittle China time ... Wtf
Another Emmerich concoction of spectacle and stupidity. Takes a torch to the true facts. One of the worst films I've ever seen.
Confusing, with the characters, bad acting.
Loved all of it! Made me sorrowful that the America we had then is gone.
Special effects are out of this world
Poor cast of characters. Some real life subjects were portrayed very poor. Overall it missed a lot of historical facts and seemed to RUSH through things so as to get to the 'battle' which was also overblown in this depiction. Remember, this is Hollywood at it's "best". I would not spend money to see this again even with my best friend.
A very riveting docu-drama with an outstanding cast and very realistic action put you right there feeling the fear and adrenelin rush.
The action scenes were amazing! The human stories were different from the 1976 movie, but the details of the historical aspects are very accurate.
Great period detail, exciting and reasonably factual.
this movie had a vivid portrayal of the attack on Pearl Harbor and greatly presented the horrors of those pilots attacking the Japanese by Midway. There were many young men who deserve our admiration for the courage they showed
Great insight into what our military and their families endure. These are the stories that our children and our generations to come should be learning in school, not intolerance and everyone needs a "safe space"! I don't see these brave men and women fighting for our freedom screaming for "safe spaces"! These Patriots are the real American Heroes, they deserve every ounce of respect for their sacrifices 🇺🇸🙏💖
I think the Chinese politicians rewrote this history by not putting Chiang’s colors on the Doolittle Raiders’ leather flight jackets. Emmerich should have dug his heels in. It’s as bad as the fool who painted the French Fleet flying the Revolutionary Tri Color flag at the battle of Yorktown, for which the USS Yorktown was named for.
What's not to like was GREAT !!!
I felt that it was vastly over-rated. It was very much like an action video game.
I loved this movie. Yes a few details were not fully correct, such as the Japanese carrier decks were jammed with aircraft ready to take off but could not because US attacking planes forced the carriers into evasive action. But so what. Some people don't like to see that America at that time was fighting mad and the war produced men who loved their country and gave their lives for our freedom. A lot of information was crammed into this movie. But its purpose was to honor American fighting men. I am a Viet Nam Vet. The news media villafied us to the point that we were spit at at the airports across America. I for one applaud the movie makers for reminding America that our fighting men give up a lot to defend our freedom. So take your liberal attitude and shove it. I loved this flick.
They are and will always be The Greatest Generation. Their bravery is indisputable. Enjoyed the history from both American and Japanese perspective. Was overcome with pride for our service men, women and their families.
GOOD MOVIE. Real piece of history and how young men fought to protect this great land. Makes you appreciate your country and freedom even more. America will always be number one.
Another garbage film from Emmerich, one of the worst Hollywood hacks.
Excellent movie. We need movies like this to keep us informed and educated. The young men with little training and no experience facing such a ghastly war makes survival even more incredible. Very impressive how quickly the planes came to a halt once they landed on the carrier. Interesting too the decoders. So much more to the war that we know nothing about. A great movie, well done.
Much better than the terrible trailer advertising it. The only downside to the film is most of the film is not about Midway itself but the first 7 months of the war which means a kind of rush job at the end of the film to cover the actual battle while skipping through large sections of the battle. Worth seeing despite these flaws.
Being familiar with the pacific WW 2 history , I was able to understand the events portrayed in the lead up to the Battle of Midway . But someone not as familiar with the events may have a hard time following along , as the film ,I thought didn't go into much detail in important events such as the Dolittle raid . They glanced over it ,but didn't emphasize how unprecedented it was to launch bombers from an aircraft carrier . The air battle scenes I thought were awesome but as others have stated made up too small a part of the film . Seeing that it was a film about Midway ,it should have dedicated more of the film to the actual battle . Just my opinion .
We really enjoyed the movie. I was somewhat concerned that this might be a B movie or a ridiculous caricature of the event like the Ben Affleck Pearl Harbour was. But I was pleasantly surprised and Midway turned out to be well written with good pacing and character development. They didn't give it the R rating gory treatment such as so many war movies like Private Ryan, and that was a good call in my book. I read a few of the previous reviews and am somewhat puzzled at the CGI criticism. The planes looked gritty and authentic to me, and the dive bombing was thrilling. The story line only gave about 30+ minutes to the actual battle because this was the climax of the story. The background, Pearl Harbour attack and other historic events needed to be told as the average young movie goer has little idea of the history, or why Midway happened. During this time, the Japanese were villains, by the way. They tortured at will and the Pearl Harbour attack was done without a declaration of war. They were dark days, and we can be thankful today that Germany and Japan have become such great nations.
A fun movie overall. Informative and interesting, especially the Japanese perspective which is usually omitted. The Japanese also had real characters that were not portrayed as just villains, but officers doing their duty. Not a simple “good guys vs. bad guys” type plot. The script is not great, some really cliche and corny dialogue. But otherwise it was enjoyable and historically accurate. Pretty long, some of the battle scenes could have been cut down.
Just an excellent movie.
Definitely worth to watch!!!
Better than Independence Day.
This movie is considerably better than the 'Pearl Harbor' we were served in 2001. It is historically accurate even though too much time is spent on the events preceding the Japanese attack on Midway and too little is spent on the point of view of the Japanese. The acting is decent at best and the CGI is exaggerating some aspects naval aerial warfare, namely the visibility of anti-aircraft firepower.
Midway is a film that is very much eye candy. The dialogue is often a bit silly to explain to the audience what is going on as it assumes the audience does not know the history of the Pacific War or much about the Battle of Midway. What is most disappointing is how little of the Battle of Midway is actually in the film. What we get instead is a a 7 month romp in 2 hours and 18 minutes of the Pacific war by relieving Pearl Harbor, the raid on the Marshall Islands, Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo and a romance story and a story of young officers and enlisted men trying to find their strength and skill in war. What we don't get is the map and discussion of Midway or truly a glimpse of the Japanese mind at work in their plans to seize Midway. Though one get plenty of good action and a roller coaster experience of being with the American dive bombers in the 3 most critical moments at Midway, one is cut to the quick how quickly it is all over and the credits are rolling realizing how little of the film was actually given to the battle of Midway. This would be a bit like going to see the 1993 film Gettysburg to find the first hour and a half of the film covers 1861 to 1863 and the last 40 minutes covers the battle of Gettysburg itself. Perhaps the take away is that Midway is not a better success because the slowness of an audience who the director must have felt he had to lead by the hand. 4 stars out of 5 recommend to see it despite it's flaws.
Just seeing this movie will keep America great! Director Emmerich brings the same flair for spectacle he brought to Independence Day: Resurgence, but it's the performances -- the character moments -- that defines the picture's greatness. Dunkirk may have had Harry Styles, but Midway has Joe Jonas, the next big action star.
Excellent movie. I was dodging planes and was on the edge of my seat through the movie.
This movie is amazing. Learned a lot more when what was taught to me in school since we only learned about Pearl Harbour.
Loved the movie BUT did not care for all CGI.
I go to movies for entertainment, no deep hidden agenda here. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Enjoyed the background on Pearl Harbor and the action scenes which had me on the edge of my seat. If you're Mr. or Mrs. Joe or Jane Average that wants a night out, I think you'll feel you got your money's worth.
Fantastic! Really enjoyed the movie, great action and it kept me back in my seat 💺 Who ever didn’t like this should have went next door and watched Adams Family.
As a former navy man , it was an accurate Presentation of life on an aircraft carrier, and touched on submarines, .. and the importance of code/cryto breakers ... it was suspenseful, from a pilot and naval strategic planners view points ... should be a great father/single mom/son movie
From director Roland Emmerich the celebrated director of small-budget science fiction films and action films like Universal Soldier in 1992. Stargate,Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000) we get a new take of the decisive turning point battle of the Pacific war. True to his past form, Roland Emmerich has given us another Roland Emmerich type film.
This film at 2 hours and 18 minutes is only about a third of it about Midway. Instead of a film about Midway we go through the attack on Pear Harbor, follow the Doolittle raid and a romance story all before we get into the Midway story. This leaves almost no room for the Japanese perspective or clear narration before it turns into a cgi fest of explosions and planes all over the screen. This film will be enjoyable to people who like action films but for the history buffs one will not so much be disappointed in the film but wonder why the director decided to spread his energy all over the place before telling the Midway story just to end up in a rush.