Flyboys

Flyboys

Flyboys
'Flyboys', the first World War I aviation film in over 40 years, is inspired by the story of American men who would become known as the legendary Lafayette Escadrille. They were ordinary boys who volunteered for the First World War looking for adventure, and in the process became war heroes. Claims to "accurately portray the thrill and danger of aerial dogfights that played such an integral role in the Allied resistance". Starring the very talented James Franco & NZer Martin Henderson.
2006Rating: M139 minsFrance, USA
ActionAdventureDrama

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Lovingly and knowledgeably made by director Tony Bill, who got his pilot's license as a teenager, pic nonetheless has a lightweight, airbrushed feel; despite the brutal dogfights and inevitable deaths, there's little gravity or resonance...

USA Today

USA Today

press

Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Part of what makes these kind of war movies such cinematic comfort food (aside from the moral certainty they strive to convey) is their familiarity. But I wonder if said familiarity is what compels contemporary filmmakers to overstuff the material -- Flyboys is a good two hours and 20 minutes...

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters

Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Not so much a historical lesson as a warning to the makers of the proposed Charles Upham movie of how not to make a war movie. As for those wanting to commemorate Anzac Day, they would be better off renting Peter Weir's excellent Gallipoli...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Lovingly and knowledgeably made by director Tony Bill, who got his pilot's license as a teenager, pic nonetheless has a lightweight, airbrushed feel; despite the brutal dogfights and inevitable deaths, there's little gravity or resonance...

USA Today

USA Today

press

Flyboys doesn't succeed as a wartime adventure story or as a period romance. Even the special effects, set in a historical context, are too ho-hum to save this over-long and tedious film...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

Part of what makes these kind of war movies such cinematic comfort food (aside from the moral certainty they strive to convey) is their familiarity. But I wonder if said familiarity is what compels contemporary filmmakers to overstuff the material -- Flyboys is a good two hours and 20 minutes...

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A decidedly old-fashioned war film that reaches for epic sweep but is often bogged down in cliched drama and two-dimensional characters

Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

Not so much a historical lesson as a warning to the makers of the proposed Charles Upham movie of how not to make a war movie. As for those wanting to commemorate Anzac Day, they would be better off renting Peter Weir's excellent Gallipoli...

2.0

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