What is Pearl Harbor about?
It’s the event that brought the United States of America into World War II. Japanese air forces bombed U.S. war ships anchored at Pearl Harbor located in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941. It killed thousands of American sailors, military personnel and civilians, shocked the rest of the world and pissed the most powerful nation right off. It was seen as an unprovoked and cowardly attack; however, the Japanese didn’t really think so and went on conquering the rest of the Pacific. This movie examines before the event, after, and the actual attack. It follows two best friends who are pilots, their training, their buddies and the woman who comes between them.
Directed by Michael Bay. With one big ensemle cast which includes Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Tom Sizemore, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ewen Bremner, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight, Cuba Gooding Jr., Michael Shannon, Dan Akroyd, Leland Orser, Willliam Fichtner, Colm Feore, Jaime King and Kim Coates
How did this movie make me feel?
Watching the actual attack scene is breath-taking. Michael Bay outdoes himself when it comes to explosions and gunfire. The feelings though? Anger. It doesn’t seem right to unleash a fiery hell on unarmed sailors and civilians on an early Sunday morning. It’s hard to fathom that this actually happened and the terror of being there would have been indescribable. It’s a long movie though and the attack on Pearl isn’t the whole movie. There are some great laughs involved too. Just to ease the tension.
I like a scene that has nothing to do with the events that took place involving the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I can’t control myself when I watch it, it’s that funny. Ben Affleck’s character Rafe already has a broken nose and when he tries to woo a girl (Kate Beckinsale) and open a bottle of champagne, the cork springs out and hits him in the nose again. Hilarious.
Alec Baldwin’s character Major Doolittle is a proper war machine in this movie.
“Victory belongs to those who believe in it the most and believe in it the longest. We’re gonna believe. We’re gonna make America believe too.”
Woo!! I love it. Major Doolittle has some great one liners in this film that gets the blood pumping so he goes down as my favorite.