Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
When I started Bedsit Cinema it was because I’d suffered through the critically acclaimed The Beguiled and my review was around 200 words. Since then I’ve got more
cocky confident and aim to be around 500-600. Consider this a throwback to my first review.
Tora! Tora! Tora! has a respectful reputation. This is probably by nerds who love two and a half hours of interminable, historically dedicated tedium. Nothing happens until the end, and far be it for me to wish death on those at Pearl Harbour, but the horse has bolted on their mortality and I want the action the film promised. All the pictures and trailer are misleading, the image below is a better representation of the film's excitement.
There’s barely any planes until the end and even the dogfights looks older than Tora! Tora! Tora!’s age. Someone knew it was ceaselessly boring and mis-sold it. Just as I did this review with the heading picture. If I wanted this level of historical adherence I’d read a MOTHER FUCKING BOOK. I can only assume the exclamation marks in the title are to make you! Think! The film! Is exciting! It categorically is not.
How much of your life do you want to waste? If it’s 2 ½ hours, Tora! Tora! Tora! Is quicker but more boring than a book. 3/10
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