Las Vegas Film Society

Pearl Harbor

Intense war sequences, language, sensuality
Directed by: Michael Bay
Written by: Randall Wallace
Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale,
Alec Baldwin, John Voight, Cuba Gooding Jr., Dan Aykroyd

Most of us have seen some or all of Michael Bay/Bruckheimer films. Even though most of them can be somewhat entertaining, Bay and Bruck, are known for mainly known for action, special effects with no story and cardboard characters. Don't get me wrong, I love "The Rock" and somewhat like "Gone in 60 Seconds".

When I heard that Bruck and Bay would be doing a movie based on a major part of our history, my only response was laughter. I cannot see these two guys making a serious or in the matter, a good film that will respect our history, without tarnishing it.

I'm not going to tell you what the movie is about, since all of us know what the movie is about, how it ends, and what is involved. But what I will tell those of you who haven't seen it yet, that is should have been called, "Pearl Harbor: A Love Story". While people may think that the movie primarily focuses on the events, it really doesn't. The movie is basically a love triangle story with Pearl Harbor as a backdrop.

While I found this movie to be somewhat entertaining, and when I say entertaining, I mean as my movie going experience of being in there for three hours. But, during and after the movie, I couldn't help but think of the painful movie, "Armageddon", another Bay/Bruck movie. This movie doesn't have the powerful impact that "Saving Private Ryan" or "Schindler's List" may have.

The other thing to is, that Pearl Harbor is too much like Titanic, another overblown hyped up movie. What I think Bruck/Bay are trying to do with Pearl Harbor, is to redo a history movie that people won't find boring. let's face it, not a lot of people my age, or the 'average' movie going person, doesn't like to sit through a boring, long history movie, unless there is something that can appeal to them; mindless entertainment.

This movie isn't that good, it's only somewhat good, and mildly entertaining. It just doesn't have a good impact, and just carbon copy's Bay/Bruck's other films. It uses silly dialogue and clichés, laughable love triangle. I think history movies, if being redone, need to be left to the 'serious' directors and leave the action/adventure movies, to Bay/Bruck.

I will say one good thing about this movie. Kate Beckinslae is defiantly going to have a great career after this movie and with the up and coming "Serendipity"!

-John Steffens

Another proud member of the Emperor family.