May. 26th, 2012

oh_deanna: (mine // peace up)
I am having a really hard time at home right now and I'm not really in the mood to do this, but my compulsion to keep on schedule and get things done won't let me ignore it. So here we go. A really good World War I movie.





#22. Flyboys (2006)

“Someday 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.”

SYNOPSIS: Before the United States entered World War I, young Americans went to France to be fighter pilots, joining the Lafayette Escadrille. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a bordello. Keeping their eyes on them are Captain Thenault and Cassidy, the resident ace, who keeps a pet lion. Can the boys measure up?

WHY IS IT ON THE LIST: I'm a really big fan of WWI/II movies, and this is a great one. I feel that most of what is considered to be the 'best' world war movies are usually based on WWII, so a WWI movie is good to come across. I really like the camaraderie between the boys, and of course, James Franco shines in the lead role. I love that the love story is sort of part of the background, and that there isn't really a happy ending for them. It's sadder, but more realistic.

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