Romance and effects drive

Friday, May 25, 2001 at 1:00am

Despite differences in scope, budget and publicity, the films Pearl Harbor and Angel Eyes share a central theme. Both explore and examine the difficulties inherent in developing and nurturing a long-term romance.

Although Pearl Harbor is a larger-than-life spectacle and Angel Eyes is a small, at times almost mystical venture, each movie aims at drawing audiences into their evolving relationships and wondering about their ultimate resolution. Pearl Harbor will undoubtedly enjoy far greater commercial impact, yet those seeking an unusual, uncontrived look at love's twists and turns shouldn't overlook Angel Eyes.

Disney enlisted the big guns for its $135 million spectacular that should actually be titled Pearl Harbor Plus. At nearly three hours, the film spends as much time on pre- and post-Pearl Harbor events as it does on the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that devastated our nation

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