If you enjoy watching World War I bi-planes in a dogfight, you’ll definitely want to see the action adventure, Flyboys. When the bank forecloses on his ranch, Texan Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) volunteers along with 38 other young men to fly with the Lafayette Escadrille’s of France. Some of the aviators include a black boxer, a guy who doesn’t want to kill, a snobbish rich kid, a guy who can’t shoot straight and a religious man who belts out Onward Christian Soldiers as he shoots down the Germans. The squadron is lead by French Commander Captain Thenault (Jean Reno) and fearless squad leader Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson) who flies extra missions to make up for the pilots who were shot down. (That’s like me having to go to an extra movie to make up for the ones that put me to sleep.) The job is so hazardous, the life expectancy is only 3 weeks. Some of the dangers include being shot at by The Black Falcon, Germany’s ace pilot and attacking a Zeppelin full of Germans. This was one of those scenes where I just shook my head when I heard that a German was running on top of the Zeppelin and the tracer bullets didn’t ignite the gas inside the big balloon. The dialogue and acting in this film could have been better. The music score was repetitive, there was no real connection with the characters and some of the scenarios were ridiculous. It probably sounds like I hated this movie but I actually enjoyed it. It has a fun story, exciting action scenes and the computer graphics were great. In fact, I was really impressed. (Okay, everybody else said they were superb.) I really enjoyed this film and at almost two and one half hours the time flew by (no pun intended) and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.