Tuesday Threes: The Answer

by | Apr 29th, 2009 | 1:32PM | Filed under: Threes

Quite a few of you correctly guessed this week's Tuesday Threes, but Jeff was first (with Jess and Bethany Landen placing and showing). So Jeff gets to make himself the construction-paper medal!

Want to know what film featured Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Garner, and Dan Aykroyd? You need only to suddenly and deliberately highlight the Inviso-Text below:

Yep, it was Michael Bay's 2001 misfire Pearl Harbor. Forty minutes of a really amazing and moving CGI attack scene, buttressed by a couple hours of really dull and boring melodrama. (Which reminds me, I need to get my review of From Here to Eternity up one of these days: just the opposite, not much battle footage, but lots of really great drama.)

And yes, Bay's Pearl Harbor (which starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and Kate Beckinsale) came out the summer before 9/11. But I don't think you can blame the film's disappointments on the fact that the "second Pearl Harbor" took place a few months later–Pearl Harbor simply isn't a very good film. (That's right, Scott and Rochell per your guess postings–I'm one of "they" who say Pearl Harbor is a bad film!) But like I said, the actual attack sequence is impressive. I've never denied that Bay is an evil genius when it comes to action scenes, but acting and drama? Not so much his thing.

Jennifer Garner, who appears this weekend in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, played one of Beckinsale's fellow nurses. Dan Aykroyd had a bit part as Capt. Raymond Thurman, the real-life Naval Intelligence officer who accurately predicted the coming Japanese surprise attack, based on intercepted code transmissions. Alec Baldwin swooped in at the end as Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, the leader of the daring Doolittle Raid in which 16 B-25 bombers hit Japan's main island four months after Pearl Harbor. Doolittle became an instant hero as his raid acted as a sort of morale boost for the nation. Bay's version with Baldwin serves the same purpose for the film Pearl Harbor: You really can't have a summer action blockbuster that ends with the "Good Guys" suffering a staggering, shocking defeat. (Historical note: The United States and its allies did eventually win the war.)

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