Earlier today, the first trailer for Midway was released. Based on the famous World War II battle, Midway will be in theaters on November 8th. Judging from the trailer, it would appear that this adaptation has more in common with Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor than Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
Of course, we shouldn’t be too surprised by that. Midway is the latest film from Roland Emmerich and that’ll probably mean a lot of action, not a lot of character development, and maybe a half-assed debate about whether or not Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. (I have to admit that I have never forgiven Emmerich for Anonymous, a film that not only promoted a silly conspiracy theory but which also accused Shakespeare of murdering Christopher Marlowe.) Of course, Midway could still be a good film, even if it is a typical Emmerich production. Sometimes, you just want to spend a few hours watching stuff blow up.
Midway does have a big cast: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Darren Criss and Woody Harrelson. I don’t know if I’d say that was an intriguing cast, if just because Woody Harrelson and Dennis Quaid appear to be legally required to appear in ensemble war films like this. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if Midway can do for Nick Jonas what Dunkirk did for Harry Styles.
Here’s the trailer: