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My dad and I were just debating seeing it this afternoon, but then I started reading the reviews. Yikes! The one from Military Times is particularly harsh: https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/11/09/everything-about-blockbuster-midway-sinks-faster-than-japanese-carriers-at-midway/

“If you shell out your hard-earned money to see this film, you are spoiling your own life and ruining the joy of those in your company. Use the 2 hours, 18 minutes to instead do something more enjoyable, like repeatedly smashing your face into a wall.”

If audience reviews end up being better, we’ll go see it next week.

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39 minutes ago, Sharpie66 said:

My dad and I were just debating seeing it this afternoon, but then I started reading the reviews. Yikes! The one from Military Times is particularly harsh: https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/11/09/everything-about-blockbuster-midway-sinks-faster-than-japanese-carriers-at-midway/

“If you shell out your hard-earned money to see this film, you are spoiling your own life and ruining the joy of those in your company. Use the 2 hours, 18 minutes to instead do something more enjoyable, like repeatedly smashing your face into a wall.”

If audience reviews end up being better, we’ll go see it next week.

Wow I had a feeling the movie was bad. But that was brutal. 

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I just saw a movie news YT video from Thursday that talked about the fact that he studio had a review embargo until that morning—not a good sign of studio support for the film. Ticket sales are 60% older men, not a typical opening weekend crowd, so I think the embargo worked on suppressing bad word-of-mouth stopping that crowd from getting out to the theaters. Rotten Tomatoes has critic rating at 41%, but audience rating is 91%. I have a feeling Dad will still want to see it next week. 

One review suggested waiting for the Sam Mendes WWI film 1917, coming out in wide release just after New Years.

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It's not terrible, though there isn't anything new about it.  Just battle porn.  Though they do a job of trying to present the Japanese as sympathetic (in general).

I do have to laugh at so many patriotic American war movies where their major characters are played by English actors.

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