SAN DIEGO – William Fentres was just a teenager when he sailed for Midway as a Navy cook.
On Thursday's private film adaptation of the movie based on the battle he saw with his own eyes – we'll get to how bad the movie was in a second – the 94-year-old quietly recounted his experience aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5) and the months leading up to this core commitment.
"We reached Hawaii after the Battle of the Coral Sea and had at least 30 days to patch the ship," Fentres said of the war.
But the Navy could not stand 30 days and ordered the aircraft carrier to be ready.
"We were all crazy," Fentres laughed. "We thought we would stay in Hawaii."
When, at first glance, endless waves of low-flying Japanese fighter jets approached Yorktown on June 4, 1942, all Tennessee natives could stick around and watch. Fentris and the others rose for impact before the torpedo struck the already wounded carrier, shook it like a rag doll, and sent men descending into the ocean.
"I couldn't swim like a kid," he said. "You know, Tennessee has nothing but rivers anyway." … When I hit the water, I don't know what I was thinking, to tell you the truth. I was just trying to move up and down. But when I came across this water, I suddenly learned how to swim.
The crippled Yorktown listed on one side "like a car overturned," Fentres recalled, seeing from the water. She would eventually succumb to her damage on June 7, turning to his harbor before rolling his head down and sinking.
And while Fentres, with the help of Yorktown's commanding officer, Captain Elliott Buckmeister, will embark on a neighboring destroyer and live to fight another he, a veterinarian who has already endured so much, was not spared on Thursday from having to witness a retelling of the battle in one of the worst war films since Michael's Pearl Harbor in the Gulf.  Spoilers, in this case, it just doesn't matter.If you make the hard-earned money to see this movie, you're ruining your own life and ruining the joy of the people in your company.
Use 2 hours, 18 minutes instead of doing something more enjoyable, such as repeatedly breaking. your face against a wall.
For starters, there was none.
This is an experience best compared to the sudden development of a middle life disorder of attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder.
First, we are in the duck of the 30's – flashback hunting, then we are in the attack of Pearl Harbor, then the bar that traps the fallen, then aboard the USS Enterprise (CV-6), that in Washington, then again in Japan, then in a jazz club, then a war game aboard a Japanese carrier, then the Doolittle Raid, then the Marshall Islands and on and on.
Most Americans claim that Midway certainly doesn't need a full chronological upgrade and can live as a movie on its own, but director Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day", "Day After Tomorrow" – yes, those) felt other erwise. Instead, viewers crash course on a series of monumental events in US history that are limited to 10- or 15-minute screen segments.
By the way, listening to the dialogue of this movie, I couldn't help but imagine a movie production where the crew communicates with a chimpanzee who has just started learning American Sign Language.
In this imaginary – or perhaps in real – life scene – the team requests the chimpanzee's request for the heroic Doolittle Raid, to which the chimpanzee signs: "Feed it now.
The towering high crew, so proud of himself, adds to the chimpanzee's contribution to the script.
As such, writing in Midway is surprisingly poor. Each character speaks only a dialect of picking slogans and for some reason the sailors' accents in the ranks of the Emergency Navy show an entire force that grows like a rough and wiry New Yorker or yoke from the Bible Belt.
Here are some real dialogues from the movie:
- "Let me put a 500 pound bomb right under their damn smoke." This would be difficult given the placement of smoke piles on some of the larger ships in Japan. The Japanese aircraft carrier Kaga, for example, was located on the side of the ship.
- "He commands that we charge, like the samurai, to save our honor." Ah, yes, the necessary reference for the samurai.  "It's for Pearl!" Ed Screan yelled (as Dick Best) as he surprisingly flew through the explosion of his own bomb for dramatic effect.
- "We Won." Woody Harrelson's Declaration of No Emotion (as Adm. Chester Nimitz) was the last line of dialogue before mercifully rolling over.
At one point, the pilot asks New Yorker Nick Jonas why he never seems scared. Jonas's brother tells him we will all die when we don't expect him, so what's the use of worry? Then the pilot unexpectedly throws his plane out of the cockpit and straight into the ocean, at which point I began to hope that the plane would unexpectedly fly across the screen and throw its payload on my theater seat.
During the bar scene, officers remember a friend who fell victim during the Pearl Harbor attack. Scranne, an English-born actor and rapper who also goes by the stage name, The Dinnerlady P.I.M.P., tells a horrible tale of drinking in a terrible New York accent that is meant to be terribly heartbreaking. Instead, he stumbles upon an anecdote that evokes as much emotion as Derek Zohlander's "ego-gossip."
Based on the brilliance of his perceived success in public speaking, Screen tells the room that he and his friend often discuss their aging and tell lies about their heroic deeds during the "Great War".
The United States had not declared war since his friend was killed. What kind of war were they planning to tell stories for?
However, these small details are irrelevant to Roland Emerich, who, on Day After Tomorrow, walked Dennis Quaid … on foot … from Pennsylvania to New York for a day against the backdrop of an apocalyptic ice age.
All praise for the rich motorcycle and barefoot calf, Dennis Quaid.
After all, the best dialogue so far is generated by the senseless Douglas SBD bombers who, as inanimate objects, have no lines.
This began to shake at first with the Pearl Harbor sequence.
The visuals and sound were so unconvincing that the sudden appearance of Optimus Prime by a Hawaiian volcano shouted, "USS Arizona, roll out!" It would be no surprise.
And after some people asked how it was arranged, I went back for any better judgment – I watched the Pearl Harbor attack scene from the horror movie of 2001. Indeed, 18 years of computer graphic enhancements have not been translated at all.
Choosing air-to-air combat or bombing sequences was a little fun, but it took a long time. The diving time from 2000 meters to the time the bomb was dropped should not take away what felt like an eternity.
After two hours plus, a Japanese soldier catching a duck with a net in the flash from the 1930s was the most convincing sequence of action.
The most mundane details that could be explored through Wikipedia with a .23 second Google search turned out to be too much of a request for a movie-based production team that turned the tide of the entire Pacific War.  Take a look at some of these facts after the movie that were shared on screen:
- Lt. Clarence Earl Dickinson, Jr. received three Navy Crosses, "the Navy's highest award for combat." Nothing needs to be found that is incorrect.
- For the bombing of two carriers in one day, Dick Best "won" the Navy Cross. ?
Finally, the last wording on the screen reads, "This movie is about Americans and Japanese who fought in the Midway."
The same fanatical Japanese army that killed more than 40 percent of US POWs or used prisoners for aiming rifles and bayonets? The same one that killed at least 20 million Chinese, women and children? The same one who systematically raped Chinese girls and women using bats, bottles or bayonets as mutilation tools before executing? The same one that according to Ian Tol's "Tide of Conquest", will the kids form a circle, throw a live hand grenade at them and make them play until it explodes? The same one who, when hungry, actually stripped the muscles of living people to eat? The same one that used Chinese civilians to test for biological warfare diseases and pathogens?
Even in the movie, Japanese officers take a US prisoner of war, tie a rope around their hands, which has an anchor attached to the other end, and throw a lot of weight into the Pacific.
This movie is upsetting and can ruin someone's weekend.
Stay away from him and refrain from mental unrest.
Save Your Money on Sam Mendes's film for World War I, "1917," which is set for a limited edition of Christmas before it hits theaters nationwide on January 10, 2020