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Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing but a new kind of war porn

Hotshot pilot Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) races to mediocrity in Pearl Harbor.
Hotshot pilot Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) races to mediocrity in Pearl Harbor.
Hotshot pilot Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) races to mediocrity in Pearl Harbor.
Hotshot pilot Rafe McCawley (Ben Affleck) races to mediocrity in Pearl Harbor.

Bay, who directed previous Bruckheimer films The Rock and Armageddon, doesn't waste a single frame; every shot is its own Rockwell painting, glistening with damp-eyed nostalgia and sticky sentimentality. He frames his lovers with sunsets and smoke, but Affleck, Hartnett and Beckinsale aren't big enough to fill the canvas; they're gliders in a world of P-40 fighters. Rafe, Danny and Evelyn aren't characters so much as icons lifted from the novels of Herman Wouk; in the end, it's not about who lives or dies but who ends up with whom. War may be hell, but it's apparently nothing compared to sharing a woman with your best friend.

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