Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Movie Reviews

Hube has a review of Spiderman 3 at Colossus. Be forewarned, he gives spoilers. Amybear and I rented a couple of movies for the first time in a while, here were our perceptions.

Marie Antoinette

Kirsten Dunst is cute, but frankly the movie is boring and neither of us really liked it. Marie is shown as the ultimate spoiled rich girl who is ignorant of just how spoiled she really is. For most of her early years she is lonely even with the eyes of the entire nation upon her. Finally that nation just falls apart. Initially I had some sympathy for her, but it faded as the movie ground along and was replaced with a desire to do something more fun in another room. Like read an encyclopedia article on Marie Antoinette.


This is a film about the pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille, Americans who flew for France prior to the US entering the First World War. While most the main characters are based on historic figures, the film generally has the historical accuracy of Snoopy and the Red Baron. The uneven historical accuracy of the movie generally reflects the unevenness of the film as a whole.

The aerial dogfight scenes were quite enjoyable, if not exactly accurate. Lots of pilots don't make it home which is good. Unfortunately everything else was forgettable or poorly constructed. Why did James Franco's character need a romantic interest? Why did everyone who survived the movie live through the war? Some of the characterizations were good and the fight scenes were enjoyable, but they should have just stuck to making a war movie. Don't try to make Flyboys a war movie and a romance and something else. It winds up being both too much of too little.

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