on DVD at the week-end.
Set in WW1,it's based around the true story of the Lafayette Escadrille who were a bunch of guys from the USA who went to France to fly planes against the Germans.
This could have been a half descent film if they would have cut out the totally unnecessary love story.It also crams in as many wartime cliches as possible.There isn't a move or a beat that I didn't see coming.It's only when the action takes to the air that this film manages to lift off.The dog-fights are very good and the C.G. work looks convincing.
It's fun and technically well made but overly long.
The final shot of the film shows a photo of the actual Aces and it's very jarring.With this one image,you are suddenly reawakened to the odd fact that the romantic comic book adventure you have just watched has some actual basis in the lives and deaths of real men.Instead of being the inspiring image this film was clearly intended to be,it makes the last two hours seem somewhat cheap and expliotative.
P.S. I loved the wing commanders pet mascot ( in reality there were two ),sooooooo much cooler than your average black labrador :wink: