How Realistic Are The Battle Scenes In “Midway?”

What is the Movie “Midway?”

Midway is a historical movie. It was the event the follows the story of the devastating 1941 attack on the U.S. naval located at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, by the Japanese forces. After six months, the battle in Midway began due to another impending attack of the Japanese forces in the U.S.

The battle in Midway is the first step of the United States’ campaign to defeat the Japanese forces. This is also their first significant victory in the Pacific area during World War 2. The battle took place on June 4-7, 1942. It was a sea and air battle, which is marked as the first comeback victory of the United States against the Japanese forces.

What about the battle in the movie, are they real?

First of all, the characters in the movie were accurate. Even their faces look a significant resemblance to the real person in the history. Second, the ships, planes, and other things that we can see in the movie are also accurate. Since there were no planes and aircraft carriers used in 1942 that can function well, they had to create everything from scratch to make them as precisely as they were before.

When it comes to battle sequences, the movie’s fact check reveals that it is relatively accurate. However, some details are needed to be sacrificed so that filmmakers could get the shots they wanted for the movie. To do that, they need to change the formations of planes and ships to shoot them together, so they can capture lots of ships and aircraft in one shot. We can see this in the movie on the Midway Atoll as the Japanese execute their attack.

Exaggerated destruction

There were also times in the movie where the destruction was exaggerated. One example of that is the air raid scene conducted by United States on the airbase controlled by the Japanese on Marshall Islands. Another one is when Dauntless blew up more than five Mitsubishi G3Ms, when in real historical account they only blew up one on the ground. Also many of the bombs dropped by the Japanese did not hit their targets. But for the purpose of the movie, they have to exaggerate. They have to make ground hits more than once or all at the same time so they can effectively convey the destruction to the audience.

Therefore the account of the war and the story conveyed by the movie is accurate. However, they have to exaggerate the battle to make it palatable for the eyes of the viewers.