Flyboys (2006)

“Some day it’ll just end. Everyone will go home, get on with their lives. Tall grass will cover the battlefields. And all the pilots we’ve lost won’t mean a damn thing. ” – Reed Cassidy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of Americans join the French forces as pilots during the early days of World War I.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never even heard of before coming across it.

The premise sounded interesting and I was quite curious to see how they would present the various problems with aerial battles during its infancy.

I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they show us the way that both sides of the conflict dealt with dog fights, air battles and aerial bombings of enemy targets.

The film is also able to show us the diverse group of American volunteers who were willing to join the French forces in their fight against Germany.

The characters are all quite unique in their reasons for joining up and this helps show the diversity that helps form this very unique group of warriors.

The journey that they each take in life to reach this point is great to hear because it helps differentiate between all of them.

These tales also help form the bond between these brothers in arms and helps them work much better as a team.

James Franco is the most prolific actor out there yet he does a nice job in the lead role in this film and helps carry the weight of this story.

The way that they film these aerial battles is great to watch and we get a really realistic look and feel to the way that these kind of battles were fought more than a Century ago.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that does a great job showing the various problems that the Allied forces faced during the early days of air battles, dog fights and aerial bombings. Liked the way that they showed the diversity of the kind of men who volunteered to be a part of this unique group of warriors. Each of them is given a unique journey to undertake on a personal level and that adds to their work together as a team. Franco does a nice job in the lead role and shows he is able to carry a film like this. The aerial battles are shot really well and they are able to give us a realistic look at the way air battles were fought back then. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As no studios would back the film, a group of filmmakers and investors including producer ‘Dean Devlin (I)’ and (according to press-releases) “ace pilot” David Ellison, son of Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, spent more than $60 million of their own money to make and market this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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