From: Covington LA via Montreal!
What saddens me about war movies in general and obviously about this one as well, is that things happen in history that are unbelievable, or at best, amazing yet that's never enough. Such as in this battle, the US sinking four Japanese CVs. That story unto itself should be enough to make a good movie. I think back to Tora Tora Tora that made an amazing attempt at realism coupled with "natural" drama, and there was plenty of that leading up to the attack. There was no love sick side story or other distractions (to some I guess the word would be "attractions"!) but an adherence to the facts as they were known at the time (1970?). Today however nothing in reality is attractive enough to portray through an honest attempt at realism, it has to be jazzed up. As some have said in this thread, the producers need to "Star Wars" it up (which by the way is another problem, there is NO sound in space, it's a vacuum, again go back to an earlier era, this time 1968 "2001" for some realism that was seen by some as gripping). But I guess it's not worth it unless it makes LOTS of money and to do that you need to give what the vast majority of viewers want, the whole WHIZZ BANG style of movie! Sigh. Sorry, just venting.