Overall Rating = 7.91/10
I don’t even know where to start with this movie. I have so many mixed feelings and views on this…. I love the movie, I cant help it. I would love it so much more if it resembled any form of true history. I know that Pearl Harbour was tragic, and watching it was incredibly hard. Just the thought of all those people dying… But the music, and the cheers, and everything leading up to the end… it all conditions you to think that bombing the Japanese was the right thing to do. It shows the bombs dropping and it tries to make you feel good about it. Nothing in war ever turns out good, and I hate when there are pig headed American film producers who try to come off as partiotic and heroic, when really the entire idea of war is disgusting. I think if the screenplay was co-written by a historian or any nuetral well educated person the outcome would have been much more accurate. On a lighter side; the movie was put together amazingly well, the love story and all the side stories were intense tear-jerkers. The graphics were great, and the acting was phenominal. When I say that though, Im speaking of the side characters. Cuba Gooding Jr, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight etc. I have never liked Ben Affleck, but this was one of his better films. Kate Beckinsale was stunning, and Id watch the movie all over again just to see her. but….Alec Baldwin…. He looked like he thought he was in a parody mocking pearl harbour, rather than representing an important role in his countries history. Not that I didnt think it was funny, but casting him was a huge mistake. I cant quite figure out if I like this movie or not, I go back and forth… and I just dont know. So im going to justify my radical rating with this; acting 8/10, Side stories 9/10, Historical Followings 5/10. Total
This movie for me was one of the most heart-wrenching, it definately came close to being as sad as Titanic was the first time I seen that. I knew a little bit about the history behind the real Pearl Harbour attack (i failed to pay attention to that in school), but B filled me in as to what was told actually happened. Even though it was mostly the American’s view on the war, i still found this to be an amazing story. With both the war story and the love triangle they created. The part in the movie that got to me the most were all the men in the ships drowning and their hands coming out of the ship grate things. I got teary there. And then when Danny dies and tells Rafe that the baby that would be Dannys is now Rafes…oh boy…the tears were a flowing. Kate Beckinsale is also one of my favourite actresses and I think she did amazing. Josh Harnett did really well for mainly being know as a “chick-flick-actor”, and Ben Affleck, I applaude him for actually impressing me in this film. I hate Alec Baldwin, and thats all I’ll say about him. I liked this movie immensly, i could watch it a couple more times and it was still have the same effect on me as it did the first time.
Globalization is bringing cultures together, and mixing the beliefs of many various backgrounds. While this is happening though, many cultures are struggling to keep the uniqueness of their ethnic background sacred. Whichever culture you think of, you can imagine the difficulties they would find in keeping their traditional lifestyles. The most common thought is that if everyone comes together there won’t be as much discrimination. One of the goals of the groups who are trying to keep their unique lifestyles is keeping their people marrying and reproducing people of the same race and ethnicity as themselves. This pressure is going to easily lead to more racism and new discrimination from minorities towards majority groups. Rap and Hip-Hop artists don’t usually look kindly towards white artists trying to produce the same kind of music as them, and this is just one example of the many ways that the reassertion for local and regional cultural tradition is growing. The creativity that was brought from different places is being used by North Americans, and this is seen as the disfiguration of their uniqueness.
The push to carry on cultural traditions is producing gangs and a number of negative aspects, although it is also producing more ceremonies and traditional customs. More musical and artistic productions are coming out as well, and many are going mainstream. The media is using all the creativity of separate cultures to make new shows, for example, the show “So You Think You Can Dance?” mixes all various types of dancing and judges people on their ability to do it. There is also a pushing force by many religious figures to join the views of their groups, I feel it when I talk with certain elders and religious believers. For as long as I remember there has been a pulling sensation from all religious angles.
All of these different acts seem to be those of people in positions of powerlessness that want to be heard. They want society to recognize that they have a personal freedom to express themselves the way that they want. It needs to be seen that although they have this right, there is nothing stopping other people from joining their ideas, and maybe it shouldn’t be such a bad thing to have followers. Instead of looking at these people as intruders, they should see them as interested people ready to be educated on that certain way of expression.
European colonialism brought so much diversity it is almost hard to site specific examples. Indigenous tribes were the first cultural group to have emerged with European contact. The British, French and Irish, as well as many others came over in hopes of a better life. The stories and ideas of a new country moved fast overseas and brought people with dreams and experiences of all varieties. With this, mixed-race marriages and relationships began. New relations were derived when two mildly, or extremely different cultures combined. African culture has played a prominent role in North America’s cultural history as well. In modern Canada, mainly in British Columbia, Asian culture plays a remarkable role.Asian culture has impacts on business, fashion, and many other aspects of society. Many of the Asian immigrants coming to North America are wealthy, and come for business opportunities, or better education. Many of the technology and business oriented occupations in Canada have spots that must be filled by immigrants, and most of these educated immigrants come from various parts of Asia. This immigration benefits North America, and it also creates a more diverse land mass. Immigrants from Asia bring along with them different fashion, cuisine, and media outlets. As well as all these social differences, religion is brought into the equation. Immigrants from anywhere in the world bring with them their own religious beliefs, and not only immigrants recently. Throughout history, Canada has been seen as one of the most diverse countries, and it isn’t only religion that gives this impression. Canada also has a multi-juridical law enforcement system, Quebec uses Civil law based on historical documents, whereas the rest of Canada uses a separate system based on English common law.
The nuclear family has been effected throughout history by diversity. When ethnic backgrounds blend together to create a family, many times the religious beliefs of these individuals follow them. This usually causes conflict with the choice of religion for the children of the family. Children are also affected when they have two racially different parents, because many times they have to struggle to find information about their relatives, and the ways of their traditional lifestyles.
All of these important aspects of ever changing diversity in North America come from outside influences. I am proud to live in a country with such an assortment of ethnic, religious, and cultural choices. Although there are flaws, it seems we are living in one of the most open-minded countries in the world.