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Weekend Movie 1: Flyboys (2006)

Inspired by a true story.

Flyboys (2006) is a movie set prior to America's involvement in World War I (WWI) that focuses on the experiences of a group of young Americans (1916-1918) who volunteered to become fighter pilots in the Lafayette Escadrille, formed by the French.

Compared to The Red Baron (2008), a German biopic about the legendary WWI fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, Flyboys is a more superior WWI movie in terms of character development, storyline, and combat sequences.

As per its tagline, Flyboys is a fictional movie, inspired by real-life accounts of the French's Lafayette Escadrille during WWI. Young American men join the air squadron for different personal reasons. For example, Rawlings (James Franco) enlists due to the foreclosure of his family ranch in Texas; Lowry (Tyler Labine) joins the squadron because of his father; Skinner (Abdul Salis) is motivated to give something back to France due to their racial tolerance attitude. Their captain is Georges Thenault (Jean Reno), and veteran fighter ace Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson), a fellow American, is their mentor. This article explores the different characters of this movie.

Whiskey the lion, Lafayette Escadrille's mascot, is portrayed by Shaka the lion in this movie.

Overall, this is an excellent movie with exciting air combat sequences of the Lafayette Escadrille's young fighter pilots against the German air squadron and vice versa. The Germans have significantly better planes and air combat experience and skills. However, Lafayette's young pilots give the best fight of their lives without regrets. Although most of them perished, they have done their part to end the war. Bravo!

Worth a watch. :)

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