[WWI] Flyboys

Stephen Auslender auslend at snet.net
Sat Apr 7 09:01:42 EDT 2007

Its not that I am poking holes in the movie, after all, the movie was 
nothing more than a series of holes with some beautiful flying scenes and 
wonderful airplanes, both real and computer generated.
Its just that it was such a hack job of writing and editing.
I can understand how you and your son would like seeing it together. When I 
was 12, back during the Korean War, I still liked seeing all those really 
hokey WW2 movies and I loved seeing the movies of the then current conflict. 
But there were some well made, quality war movies that came out of the 
Korean War.
The Flyboys, like that latest Pearl Harbor movie, were just badly done 
animated comic books. I have nothing against comic book movies. The first 
Spiderman is an example of a well made movie based on a comic book 
character. But Flyboys was no more than an old "B" cowboy movie from the 
1930's full of rehashed old hackneyed clichés.
I do enjoy watching well made comic book movies. The first Pirates of the 
Caribbean was a fun movie. Movies of this genre can be made well.
My disappointment with flyboys was that the film makers did so little with 
so much.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Kendix" <mkendix at hotmail.com>
To: <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [WWI] Flyboys

> Of course, it's easy to poke holes in this film - even though I'm no 
> expert on WWI flying, I could see some of the various issues - even I 
> wondered about almost all the Fokker Triplanes being red:). What I liked 
> was that it was a fun movie that I could actually go to with my 12 year 
> old son and have us both enjoy it. I cannot say the same for most of the 
> children's level movie that are released these days.
> Would you rather sit through one of those effing Disney cartoon musical 
> movies like Alladin with that Robin Williams genie character in your face 
> for 92 minutes?:) Or Pirates of the Caribbean VI with that pratt Johnny 
> Depp mincing around doing the most awful English accent I've heard since 
> Dick Van Dycke in Marry Poppins
> I don't care if it was inaccurate and inane - at least it had biplanes and 
> action!
> Michael
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