Went to see it with mild expectations and was blown away . Basically all the lead characters are second tier supporting actors and it works . Harrelson maybe a little too young for his part although he did a great job . The action is unbelievable and grabs you from the start and never lets go . You will feel like your in the cockpit and what these men did in the air was beyond bravery .
Its a independent film and Im guessing couldnt get the big bucks because of no big names however has the feel of a big budget $180 million picture which was made for $55 Million .
The best movie Ive seen in 2019 by a wide margin .
It was the perfect blend of Hollywood and documentary. As a history student who has studied this battle for years, I was thoroughly impressed by the level of historical accuracy, down to small details that even I was surprised to see, especially in a Hollywood film. It does a great job of depicting the events that lead up to the battle, like the Doolittle Raid and the Battle of Coral Sea, and also effectively and accurately portrayed the tactics and decision making of the commanders during the Battle of Midway.
Woody is 58 and playing the part of Nimitz, who was 56 at Midway. I’m always amazed at how young most of those guys were. In my mind I imagine the actors like John Wayne and others playing those roles in the old movies. Or my old man - but in my mind he was ALWAYS old. Not 24 when he signed up.
Average age in WW2 was 26. In Vietnam it was 19.