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Pearl Harbor (2001)
In Defense of Michael Bay
I've never seen 'Pearl Harbor' before until recently; it wasn't that bad. I get why people hate it, but I don't get why the hate is put on Michael Bay. Most of the qualms is with the story, which should be put on the writer Randall Wallace. Had there not been the ending- and they cut out the Pearl Harbor attack- it would have made for a nice romantic movie (of course they would have had to re-title it!).
The cinematography was great and Bay's direction was pretty good. I feel like a lot of people don't understand what it is that directors actually do and are responsible for. If Bay were an auteur and had written the script then- yeah, his bad. But he wasn't, so to judge his work you have to see it from a visual standpoint, taking camera angles in consideration, composition and how all the scenes flow together. In those regards he did a fine job.
Again, I get why people are so angry about it; as a film about Pearl Harbor it fails completely. But as an homage to cheesy old school Hollywood romances it succeeds. There's a good movie in there somewhere, it's just not about Pearl Harbor.