Midway Review: A Missed Opportunity

Colorized photo of USS Yorktown (CV-5) burning during the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The failure to depict the Yorktown during the battle, is the 2019 film about the battle’s greatest mistake.

Roland Emmerich’s new film Midway tells a story that needs telling. As its title suggests, the film depicts the Battle of Midway in June 1942 where the U.S. carrier-based aircraft sunk four Japanese aircraft carriers, ending the Imperial Japanese Navy’s capability for offensive operations in the Pacific. The battle’s significance cannot be overstated; the Athenian General Themistocles is purported to have said “He who controls…