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Wings
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02.28.2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
William A. Wellman

Actors:
Clara Bow
Charles Rogers
Gary Cooper

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two dudes in love with the same woman get the short end of the stick when they both end up fighting in World War I...or was it Pearl Harbour?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I've never once decided to shy away from my opinions when it comes to older films. For me, it's not a question of preference between old or new, nor do I lack respect for any certain era of film, I simply feel that when it comes to older movies, you either grew up with them and hold some sort of affinity toward them because of it, or you missed them and as a result probably wouldn't care much for them now if you watched them for the first time. I have some favourites that run within the fifties and sixties, but the twenties were long before my time. That said, if this weren't a World War I tale (I hate war movies) I may have liked it more, but sadly these films aren't my cup of tea. Does that make it a bad film, certainly not, there are some very solid accolades coming up in my next paragraph.

I can see why this won an academy award because the story is rich, the characters likeable, the score is tight and the battles pretty intense for what these guys had to work with back in the day. The dog fights looked and sounded great in surround sound, so at the very least this flick is watchable for newcomers. Sure, this baby runs a little over two hours long, but pacing isn't really an issue. I can't personally comment much on the director and cast as these names don't really stand out for me, but the acting was decent for being so dated and the cast likable.

WINGS may not be for me but I can appreciate why people love this film. The only thing I can't help but mention (which ties into my first paragraph thesis) is the storyline here is very similar to PEARL HARBOUR, but of course that's clearly because PEARL HARBOUR no doubt took from this film. Personally I didn't care for PEARL HARBOUR obviously because I'm not a fan of war flicks but also because I've never been fond of storylines that focus on two dudes fighting over the same girl. There's plenty of fish in the sea boys whether it's the twenties or now. And as far as that goes, the storyline here is much better than PEARL HARBOUR anyway. All in all, not a bad watch for a first time viewing ( a little light in the extras department though) but I probably wouldn't have seen it had I not needed to review it. Don't let that stop you from checking it out though.
THE EXTRAS
Wings: Grandeur in the Sky: The crew here put a hell of a lot into the aerial aspect of things and it truly shows, again, especially for that time period. This extra look is impressive.

Restoring the Power and Beauty of Wings: Here we have a quick look at the before and after process of fine tuning this baby from the twenties to the present in Blu-ray HD. Amazing what technology can do these days.

Dogfight: Here we're shown how they re-created some of the spectacular dogfight shots with actual planes from a real aircraft museum. Cool beans.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One of my best friends is only into war films, documentaries and anything playing on the History channel. We couldn't be more at odds when it comes to movies, but I always give these flicks an open minded chance simply because his face always lights up when I bring them to him after I'm done with them.
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