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Flyboys

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Flyboys: Jay Maidment

Flyboys

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
139 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/22/06
performer:
James Franco, Jean Reno, Martin Henderson
director:
Tony Bill
distributor:
MGM
author:
Blake T. Evans, Phil Sears, David S. Ward
genre:
Drama, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C-

It’s been a while since the last truly rousing WWI dogfight films: Wings came out in 1927, Hell’s Angels in 1930. (No, 1966’s The Blue Max isn’t good enough.) The time is ripe for a new ”Red Baron” movie. Which makes Flyboys‘ pedestrian drama — about a group of Yanks who move to France to battle tri-wing German fighters — and videogame lameness all the lamer: This is a lost opportunity on an epic scale. The actors are so styled and the dogfights so drippy with CG that, as a period piece, the movie almost looks like it’s set in the future.