Flyboys

directed by Tony Bill
Category: "War"
Year of Release:2006
Date Added:02/03/2008
Date Watched:09/28/2006
Description:The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
My Rating:7

Reviews for Flyboys

Review - Flyboys

2006, I am convinced, will go down in history as The Year of the Great Cinematic Drought. Most recent movies have been pathetic, and a lot of them have been flat-out offensive.
So when I saw the reviews for Flyboys, I determined to give it a try. I took my wife last night — it only cost us $8.50 because we had a free pass. When it was over, I felt like I had received $4.25 worth of entertainment. It kept my interest and didn't seem like it lasted two-and-a-half hours. Sally thought it was sad — I didn't get emotionally engaged.

To say that Flyboys is full of clichés is like saying Iowa is full of corn. It would be more correct to say that Flyboys is a string of clichés glued end-to-end. The writers evidently watched every black-and-white war movie ever made and listed the plot devices, then handed the list in as their script. There's the escaping criminal, the rich boy, the coward, the cold-on-the-outside-but-warm-on-the-inside veteran, the villain, the token minority, the love interest and, of course, the hero. It got to the point — and I'm not kidding here — that I was predicting to Sally which characters would be killed and which characters would do the killing, and I was never wrong.

In short, it is the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, a group of American pilots who flew for France during World War One before the United States entered the war. It's based, so I understand, on stories of actual pilots. We follow the group from their departure from the United States until the time the U.S. troops arrive.

I read in reviews that the computer animation was the best that had ever been done in movie, and I'd have to agree. The seams between actual footage and animation were flawless. And while there were a few moments when I realized there were no way planes could really fly that way, there was never a time when I thought, "Hey, I'm watching a cartoon."

If you're looking for in-depth plotting and intense character development, this isn't the movie for you. But if you want rousing action/adventure with very few objectionable bits thrown in, you might enjoy Flyboys.
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