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Frozen 2 2019 123Movies: Full Movie (stylized as FROZEN II) is an upcoming American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 58th film produced by the studio, it is the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen and features the return of directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and composer Christophe Beck. How to Watch “Frozen 2 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Frozen 2 tickets are now on sale

The wait is almost over, as you can finally get your hands on tickets for the highly-anticipated sequel Frozen 2.

Frozen 2 is just a few weeks away from its official release and, since it’s been six years since the first film, we can’t wait to see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven back as they set out on a dangerous journey to discover the history of Elsa’s magical powers while their kingdom Arendelle once again comes under threat.

Tickets are currently only available to purchase on Fandango in the US at the time of writing, so make sure to watch this space for when they go out on sale in the UK as well.

The much-anticipated sequel will see the return of core cast Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf respectively, while there are a bunch of newcomers too.

Some of the movie’s new additions include Sterling K Brown and Evan Rachel Wood, who’ll voice Lieutenant Matthias and Elsa and Anna’s mother Queen Iduna.

And even though there are a good few weeks until its premiere, Frozen 2 is already looking set to have a record-breaking opening weekend.

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According to those predictions, the animated movie could earn the whopping amount of $100 million in the US over its opening weekend, which would make it Walt Disney Animation’s biggest opening weekend to date.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Star Wars Episode ix Full Movie

Star Wars Episode ix 2019 123Movies: Full Movie The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is an upcoming American epic space opera film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), How to Watch “Star Wars Episode ix 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Watch the final trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker

Rey’s story will come to an end in December’s follow-up to 2017’s The Last Jedi.

The beginning of the end of Star Wars is upon us: Lucasfilm has released the final trailer for Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker, the last installment of the current trilogy.

And just in case you have forgotten that it’s the end, the trailer sets up the goodbye. It opens with Rey adventuring solo and then cuts to her found family — Poe, Finn, Chewbacca — as they gather up for their one last fight against Kylo Ren and the apparent return of archvillain Emperor Palpatine. Rey and Ren have a few duels, and a giant spaceship onslaught appears, perhaps as the Resistance’s last stand.

But the most emotional moment of the trailer belongs to C-3PO. Poe asks the android why he looks so down and what he’s doing.

“Taking one last look sir,” 3PO responds. “At my friends.”

Lucasfilm released the first teaser for The Rise of Skywalker in April during this year’s Star Wars Celebration in Chicago and followed it up with another at Disney’s D23 fan convention in August.

The Rise of Skywalker won’t pick up immediately after the events of 2017’s The Last Jedi, but how much time has passed is unclear. We don’t know what has unfolded on the characters’ disparate journeys since then or how their paths will all come together.

One big thread left unanswered: “Dark Rey,” whom we saw fleetingly during the footage shown at D23. Does this suggest that Rey, the trilogy’s protagonist and hero, has gone to the Dark Side?

This latest trailer builds on this question slightly. We see Rey holding a blue lightsaber, with Carrie Fisher’s voiceover promising that the Force will be with her “always.”

Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Rise of Skywalker concludes the trilogy that began with 2015’s Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens and continued with Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi. Abrams, who also directed The Force Awakens, took over The Rise of Skywalker after Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow walked away from the film in 2017 over “creative differences.”

With the final trailer here, there are 60 days between now and the end.

The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019.

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Jumanji 3 2019 123Movies: Full Movie The Next Level is an upcoming American fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. It is a sequel to the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the fourth installment of the Jumanji franchise. How to Watch “Jumanji 3 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ Character Posters Tease New and Familiar Faces

Sony Pictures has released a series of Jumanji 2 character posters, offering a new look at the upcoming sequel Jumanji: The Next Level. The follow-up sees the return of director Jake Kasdan, who helped spearhead the initial sequel that was originally met with plenty of skepticism. Why mess with a movie like Jumanji? What good could come of that? A lot, as it turns out, when you have a cast stacked with charisma and a genuinely smart story.

Indeed, the first (technically second) Jumanji followed four high school students and strangers who found themselves transported into the game of Jumanji, inhabiting various stereotypical characters—Dwayne Johnson is the smoldering hero Dr. Bravestone; Kevin Hart is the wisecracking sidekick Mouse; Jack Black is the wise Professor Shelly; and Karen Gillan is the sexy commando Ruby Roundhouse.

For this sequel, the same high school students get transported into the game—alongside a pair of grandparents played by Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. This gives Johnson and Hart a chance to really shake things up with their mannerisms, while the other avatars expand in surprising ways.

Sony has been mum on new additions like Awkwafina or how Nick Jonas possibly returns to the fold in this sequel, but we do get a look at them alongside the old favorites in these character posters. There’s also a horse, which you may find confusing if you haven’t seen the latest trailer—although I’d actually suggest not watching that trailer if you plan on seeing the movie, since it spoils a few neat surprises.

Peruse the Jumanji 2 character posters below. The film hits theaters on December 13th.

Jumanji: The Next Level Full Movie

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Jumanji: The Next Level 2019 123Movies: Full Movie The Next Level is an upcoming American fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. It is a sequel to the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the fourth installment of the Jumanji franchise. How to Watch “Jumanji: The Next Level 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart Are Hilarious in the Final Trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji is getting more challenging — and not everybody might make it out.

In the latest and final trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are back and better than ever.

During their second adventure, the group discovers that the video game world is different from what they’ve seen before. This time, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, Spencer’s grandfather and his elderly friend, arrive in the game as Johnson and Hart’s avatars, creating confusion for the foursome. Spencer is portrayed by actor Alex Wolff.

“Would you look at me I haven’t looked like this since—,” Johnson, impersonating DeVito’s character, said before being interrupted by Hart’s impersonation of Glover.

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“Never. You’ve never looked like this,” Hart says.

Looking closely at his muscled physique, Johnson replies, “I think my eyes are a different color.”

“All of you is a different color,” Hart says in a quipping comeback.

The film also sees the return of Wolff, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Morgan Turner and Madison Iseman, as well as the newcomer to the series Awkwafina.

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The new players will have to brave the elements to escape the dangers that lurk and save the land of Jumanji while looking for their friends.

The first film in the series, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a surprise smash hit. The reboot of the 1995 film starring Robin Williams grossed over $962 million worldwide when it was released in December 2017, just in time for the peak holiday movie season.

The film will be in theaters on December 13, 2019.

Brahms: The Boy II Full Movie

Brahms The Boy II 2019 123Movies: Full Movie is an upcoming American horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Menear. A sequel to the 2016 film The Boy, it stars Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, and Christopher Convery.It is scheduled to be released on February 21, 2020, by STX Entertainment. How to Watch “Brahms The Boy II 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Brahms: The Boy II Release Date Gets Delayed Again

The terrors of Chucky from Child’s Play and Annabelle from The Conjuring may have given audiences their fill of terrifying dolls this year, as Brahms: The Boy II has been pushed back to a February 21, 2020 release date. This marks only the latest delay in a long line of setbacks for the film, which was originally set to land in theaters this past July. With two other franchises debuting deadly dolls this summer, it made sense that it would be pushed back to this December, though it’s unclear why the film has earned its latest delay to February, a traditionally poor month to release a horror film.

This latest delay might come as a disappointment to some, but it doesn’t entirely come as a surprise. It was only announced three weeks before it was intended to hit theaters that it would be pushed to December, with only a few official photos having been released and no trailer. Those images remain the only glimpses fans have gotten of the new film.

Brahms: The Boy II, which stars Katie Holmes, will revolve around a young family, unaware of the terrifying history of the estate into which they move, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

William Brent Bell will once again direct from a script by Stacey Menear, who also wrote the original. The Boy II will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, and Eric Reid, in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa, and Roy Lee.

“Following the success of The Boy, we are thrilled to be working on the next chapter of this chilling Brahms story with Stacey and William,” Luchessi shared when the project was announced. “We are also delighted to be continuing our relationship with STX, on this, our third partnership.”

In the original film, Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

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Knives Out 2019 123Movies: Full Movie is a 2019 American black comedy mystery film written, produced and directed by Rian Johnson. Described as a modern take on the murder mystery genre, the film follows a family gathering gone horribly awry, after the family patriarch’s death leads a master detective to investigate. How to Watch “Knives Out 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

From ‘Knives Out’ to ‘Uncut Gems,’ four must-see movies of the holiday season

Among the year’s strongest upcoming releases are movies that first screened for audiences at film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and Toronto. Here are four of my favorites from the festival circuit, all bound for Los Angeles theaters this holiday season.

Clemency

As a maximum-security prison warden enduring a slow spiritual death with every lethal injection she administers, Alfre Woodard gives one of her finest, most unflinching performances. The movie, directed with galvanizing force and concentration by Chinonye Chukwu, proves worthy of her gaze; it deservedly won the top prize for American dramas at Sundance.

Someone’s bumped off the world’s bestselling mystery writer in this dazzling throwback to the country-house whodunit. Plotted with confounding ingenuity by writer-director Rian Johnson and splendidly acted by an ensemble that includes Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis and Chris Evans, it’s a wry postmodern sendup that also happens to be an instant classic of the form.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Céline Sciamma’s exquisite love story traces the physical, emotional and intellectual bonds that form between an 18th century French painter (Noémie Merlant) and her latest subject (Adèle Haenel). Winner of a screenplay prize at Cannes, it’s gorgeous, keenly intelligent filmmaking in which the usual barriers between thinking and feeling, and between looking and creating, are magically erased.

It should be common knowledge by now, but just in case: Adam Sandler has given great dramatic performances before (“Punch-Drunk Love,” “The Meyerowitz Stories”). But he has never been greater, or sweatier, than he is as a master of high-wire hustle-and-bustle in this latest sustained anxiety attack of a thriller from New York brothers Josh and Benny Safdie.

Frozen II Full Movie

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Frozen ii 2019 123Movies: Full Movie (stylized as FROZEN II) is an upcoming American computer-animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 58th film produced by the studio, it is the sequel to the 2013 film Frozen and features the return of directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, How to Watch “Frozen 2 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

‘Frozen 2’ is highest-selling animated movie in first day of presales on Atom Tickets

In its first day of advanced ticket sales, “Frozen 2” has sold the most tickets of any other animated feature on Atom Tickets.

Advanced tickets became available on Nov. 4, just a few weeks before the film’s release on Nov. 22. Disney now holds the top three spots for the best first-day of ticket sales for animated movies with “Frozen 2,” “Toy Story 4″ and “Incredibles 2.”

Additionally, “Frozen 2” outpaced first-day ticket sales of every Disney live-action remake, including this summer’s “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and 2017′s “Beauty and the Beast.”

Headed into the holiday movie season, “Frozen” is trending as Atom Ticket’s largest presale film, just behind “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

“Frozen” was a breakout hit for Disney Animation, garnering more than $400 million at the domestic box office. The film, which introduced fans to characters such as Olaf the snowman, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, went on to earn more than $1.2 billion worldwide at the box office and win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature film in 2014.

“Frozen 2” picks up not long after the end of the first “Frozen” with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leaving Arendelle to travel to an ancient forest in a far off enchanted land. Their quest is to find the origin of Elsa’s frosty powers and save their kingdom.

Rival Fandango wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Disclosure: Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC, owns Fandango.

Ford v Ferrari Full Movie

Ford v Ferrari 2019 123Movies: Full Movie (titled Le Mans ’66 in the UK and other territories)[3] is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller. It stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, while Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon appear in supporting roles.How to Watch “Frozen 2 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Ford V. Ferrari: 10 Movies To Watch With The Cast

Ford v Ferrari is set to premiere in mid-November, 2019. We know you can hardly wait for this biography action drama. Following the story of Carroll Shelby, an American car designer, and driver Ken Miles, these two struggle against corporate battles and physics itself in an attempt to create a better, faster race car for Ford. Taking place in 1966, this is the ultimate race between Ford and Ferrari. If that doesn’t sound riveting enough, this flick has a plethora of brilliant and talented stars behind these dynamic characters.

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In case you can’t wait for the film, we thought we’d make a list for you to binge including all of the actors from this highly anticipated film. So without further ado, here are 10 of the best films with the cast of Ford v Ferrari.

You can get a double dose in this film with Josh Lucas and Christian Bale. Bale plays Patrick Bateman – a rich NYC investment banking executive by day, murdering psychopathic womanizer by night. We’ve seen this brilliant man transform drastically for roles, but this is one of our all-time favorites.

He’s no dark knight in this film. The cast also includes the lovely Josh Lucas (playing Leo Beebe in Ford v Ferrari), Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, and Willem Dafoe. This movie is a bit more crime and murder related, but it’s still one of Bale’s best that you can’t miss.

It was really hard to pick Matt Damon’s best films that we think you should watch before this new flick comes out. So, we though we’d pick one of his most recent works.

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He plays an astronaut in this one, and he gets stranded on Mars. Starring alongside Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, and Kristen Wiig, this movie was nominated for seven Oscars. So, we think it’s definitely worth your time, if you haven’t already scene this sci-fi adventure. Or if you have, you might as well re-watch it.

Jon Bernthal will be playing Lee Iacocca in this upcoming film. You might remember this badass man as Griff from the brilliant crime drama, Baby Driver. Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a young getaway driver who is coerced into jobs by a crime boss.

Griff is one of his teammates, and other actors in this incredibly intense and memorable flick include Lily James, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx. This film has a lot of pretty suspenseful getaway driving, so we thought people who are excited for this race car movie might take an interest. Of course, this movie has quite the criminal twist.

Honestly, we couldn’t quite make a list about Christian Bale’s movies without including this one, right? Bale is our favorite Batman, and we’re not taking any arguments against it.

This film is definitely the best DC has ever offered us, and if there’s some reason (we don’t want to hear it) that you haven’t seen it, please do so before you head to the theater for Ford v Ferrari. Seriously, do you even know who Bale is if you haven’t seen him as Batman? No, you don’t.

We thought we’d let Josh Lucas take another slot on this list, because he’s actually had an important role in a ton of great films. This one is definitely no exception. Starring Russell Crowe, this Ron Howard film tells the true story of John Nash.

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Nash is a brilliant mathematician who is a bit asocial, but he’s also plagued by schizophrenia. This film is mesmerizing, and is truly an incredible tale of mental illness. Josh Lucas plays his right-hand man, and we definitely suggest giving this drama a watch (or re-watch).

As much as we love Matt Damon in just about everything, we’re pretty sure we fall in love with this heartthrob all over again when this film is even mentioned. This was definitely his breakout role into stardom. Saving Private Ryan was released shortly after, and these two films definitely put Damon’s name on everybody’s radar.

With 9 Oscar nominations, this film follows Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T. who has an incredible gift for mathematics. However, he’s a bit lost, and he’s set up with a psychologist (Robin Williams) to help him with his anger and his life’s direction. We could watch this film again, again, and again.

Caitriona Balfe will be playing Mollie Miles in the upcoming Ford v Ferrari. Although we know this list is about films, we couldn’t ignore this woman’s most prominent role ever as Claire Randall in the TV series Outlander.

Rather than scratching your head the entire film trying to place her, now you’ll know exactly why you love her. It might be hard to recognize her outside of the 1945, and the war torn era of 1743. So, go binge this show, or if you already have, at least maybe now you’ll know where this wonderfully talented gal is from.

Like Matt Damon, it was incredibly difficult to choose Bale’s best flicks. So, we also went with one his most recent roles. This biography drama tells the story of Dick Cheney’s rise to power to become Vice President to George W. Bush.

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Directed by Adam McKay, this Academy Award nominee has Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, and our leading man, Christian Bale (as Dick Cheney). This is another drastic transformation that Bale took on, and we loved every second of it (and he even received a nomination for this role). We can’t wait to see the role he’s taken on for this new race-car flick.

Ray McKinnon will be playing Phil Remington in Ford v Ferrari. While this versatile and brilliant man has quite a lot of roles to choose from, our favorite will probably always be Coach Cotton from The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock plays a rich, religious mom who takes an impoverished, talented African-American football player under her roof.

Based on the true and inspiring story of Michael Oher, this movie had us laughing and crying from start to finish. It’s also Oscar nominated, and Bullock’s banter with McKinnon’s Coach Cotton is to die for.

We’ll close off this list with another classic Matt Damon film. We don’t think you can get more classic than this crime drama, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, and our main man (and many more!).

The story of an undercover cop and a mole in the police, who are both simultaneously trying to uncover the other while both infiltrating an Irish gang in Boston. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat, and we’re not sure you need to watch any other Damon film to love him to pieces.

Charlie’s Angels Full Movie

Charlie’s Angels 2019 123Movies: Full Movie is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also wrote the screenplay, from a story by Evan Spiliotopoulos and David Auburn. It is the third installment in the Charlie’s Angels film series, which is a continuation of the story that began with the television series of the same title by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and the theatrical films, Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003).How to Watch “Charlie’s Angels 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Charlie’s Angels Trailer #2 Introduces a New Team of Angels
The second trailer for Charlie’s Angels offers a closer look at the new team of Angels played by Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart. Although it seems like a hard reboot on the surface, the upcoming film is actually a partial continuation of director McG’s Charlie’s Angels movies from the 2000s (which themselves, of course, were based on the original 1970s TV show). And with Elizabeth Banks serving as a director, writer, and costar, the film will also carry over its predecessors’ action-comedy tone, albeit with less male gaze-iness (so to speak).

Written by Banks, David Auburn (Proof), and Evan Spiliotopoulos (Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast), the new Charlie’s Angels features Scott as Elena Houghlin, a young systems engineer whose life is put in danger after she blows the whistle on some potentially world-threatening tech. Before she knows it, Elena finds herself under the protection of and then working for the Townsend Agency, which is now a global organization that has agents running around all over the world.

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In addition to introducing Scott as Elena, the first Charlie’s Angel trailer offered a sneak peek of her new teammates Jane Kano (Balinska) and Sabina Wilson (Stewart) in the field, along with their own personal Bosley (Banks). The film is clearly embracing a “bigger is better” approach and that extends to everything from the scale to the Angels’ gadgets (not to mention, wardrobe), and even the sheer number of Angels and “Boselys”. For more on that, watch the new trailer below.

The new trailer focuses less on Charlie’s Angels’ plot than its predecessor did, and instead zeroes in on Balinska, Scott, and Stewart’s rapport in the film, as well as the humor and action scenes. It’s a smart move in terms of marketing, seeing as the franchise has never been known for its rich or thought-provoking storytelling. This also allows the trailer to highlight the movie’s supporting cast, which includes Patrick Stewart as another handler code-named Bosley and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’s Noah Centineo as a “handsome nerd” who plays a role in the story. Djimon Hounsou made a similarly brief appearance in the first trailer as yet another Bosley in the film.

By the look of things, Banks isn’t trying to reinvent the Charlie’s Angels franchise with her sequel-reboot so much as give it a fresh polish. The film will clearly carry-over the themes of female empowerment and sisterhood from the previous Charlie’s Angels TV shows and movies, but (as mentioned) seems to cut down on the objectification that was especially prominent (and often played up for comedic effect) in McG’s films. It remains to be seen if that’s enough to make the requel feel like a worthwhile and relevant update of the property, but the trailers suggest Charlie’s Angels will, if nothing else, offer some light and breezy fun.

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Midway 2019 123Movies: Full Movie is an upcoming American war film based on the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Battle of Midway during World War II. Directed by Roland Emmerich, who produced the film with Harald Kloser, and written by Wes Tooke, the film features an ensemble cast, including Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.How to Watch “Midway 2019 123Movies” Full Movie Online in HD

Movie review: Do we really need another film about the Battle of Midway?

MANILA — Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 had been the subject of many notable films in the past, like “From Here to Eternity” (1953), “In Harm’s Way” (1965), “Tora Tora Tora” (1970) and “Pearl Harbor” (2001). The US turned the tide back to their favor months later in the Battle of Midway, and there had been films about it as well, like a couple of John Ford documentaries (1942), “Midway” (1976), “Dauntless” (2019) and this latest big-budget film by Roland Emmerich also entitled “Midway.”

“Midway” is a straightforward retelling of the events in the first months of the War in the Pacific beginning with Pearl Harbor and culminating in the Battle of Midway (June 1942). In between, it also touched on Doolittle’s Raid on Tokyo (April 1942) and the Battle of Coral Sea (May 1942).

The story was told mainly from the point of view of two American soldiers, namely pilot Lt. Dick Best (Ed Skrein) who led his dive bomber squadron at Midway, and intelligence officer Lt. Comm. Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson) who with his code-breaker team predicted the Midway attack.

Along the way, we meet other famous American soldiers: Admiral Chester Nimitz (Woody Harrelson), commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet; Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey (Dennis Quaid) who led the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise; Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance (Jake Weber) who took over the Enterprise for the Battle of Midway; Best’s fellow aviators Lt. Comm. Wade McClusky (Luke Evans), Lt. Comm. Eugene Lindsey (Darren Criss) and Lt. Comm. Jimmy Doolittle (Aaron Eckhart); cryptographer Commander Joseph Rochefort (Brennan Brown) and aviation machinist Mate Bruno Gaido (Nick Jonas).

The side of the Japanese Imperial Army and their unique military culture were also given fair screen time in this film. Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa) of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the commander in chief of their combined fleet, was portrayed with calm and quiet dignity. We also get to meet other Japanese officers and their own brands of leadership Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi (Tadanobu Asano), who commanded the Hiryu with nobility, and Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo (Jun Kunimura) whose controversial battle decisions had negative impact against the Japanese campaign.

The execution of the critical battle scenes are the main draws to watch this film. Director Emmerich will always be remembered as the man who brought us “Independence Day” (1996) and “2012” (2009). Of course, there are big explosions and massive destruction here as well. The massive scenes showing fiery exploding seacraft and aircraft were rendered with crisp cinematography and meticulous visual effects to create impressive screen spectacles.

The aviation scenes, particularly the dive bomber runs by Dick Best, were excellently staged, shot and edited to elicit an exhilarating rush.

For its two-hour-18-minute run, the story of the crucial naval battles and the heroism of its real-life protagonists were front and center here in “Midway.” There were no fictional characters or cheesy love stories like in the first “Midway” film or “Pearl Harbor.”

While seeing some popular young actors like Criss or Jonas can be distracting, the all-star cast generally rendered honor and respect to the heroes they portrayed. Focusing on soldiers of lesser rank allowed for some intimate personal drama in actual battle situations, perhaps with not much depth as possible.

As this movie is rated PG, so do not expect to see graphic injuries at the level of “Saving Private Ryan.”

This review was originally published in the author’s blog, “Fred Said.”