Monday, December 07, 2015
On this date in 1941 Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harbor. That was, for the United States, the beginning of World War II. For that generation, it was their 9-11. And even though I didn’t come along until many years later, I heard about it all my life. I’m sure Millennials can’t conceive of a time when we won’t remember 9-11 but you'd be surprised -- time goes by shockingly fast.
There have been several movies about this historic event, most not so good – but by far the worst is PEARL HARBOR atrociously directed by Michael Bay. It’s basically a horribly written love triangle followed by a shit ton of bombing.
IN HARM’S WAY is another dud but at least has John Wayne.
Better is TORA TORA TORA, although the battle ships are miniature toys filmed in the tank at Paramount. But it’s a more balanced film and shows the actual planning – far more worthwhile than watching Kate Beckinsale try to deliver cringeworthy lines like, “Slow down, flyboy!” and “Every night I watch the sunset and soak up every last ray of its warmth and send it from my heart to yours.” Transformers wouldn’t even say that.
If you're not familiar with this event, please check out a movie (except PEARL HARBOR) or book on the subject. It's something you really oughtta know.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM