While the fight scenes were entertaining and really impressive for 1927, It wasn't what captivated me the most. It was the romance. Oh! don't get me wrong! I'm not talking about Mary and Jack. Not even David and Sylvia. No! these were predictable and boring. But David and Jack, on the other hand, a masterpiece. Maybe because enemies to lovers is my favourite trope, but the chemistry between them was undeniable.
It sure has the budget, the effects and the travelling, but it's doesn't have the talent or the ability to string scenes or shots in an efficient manner. For a war movie, Wings just doesn't know what it's going for, sometimes borrowing elements from burlesque comedy and Hollywood glamour. It can only stage and understand the horrors of war in the very last quarter - just to undermine such moments right after.
Another amazing film by Wellman and amazing flight/combat scenes of WW1 which were only recently bested by Dunkirk. As much as I love Bow, which is a lot, she feels miscast here. Ralston, having moved up from Lloyd comedies, has a far more interesting part. All the men feel interchangeable, including Cooper in his brief cameo. Great war film, but overly happy given the grimness. Big Parade was better. 4 stars though
The strength of this multiple Oscar-winning-Hollywood-classic is obviously not its script. The writting is conventionnal, the twists predictable. But the oh very spectacular direction of Wellman and the fight scenes (were are in 1927 for God sake !) are highly entertaining. Cinema as spectacle at its best. With big screen, good laughs, some sad bits, nice camaraderie. Gary Cooper makes a noticeable 3 minutes cameo.
Un splendide chef-d'oeuvre du cinéma muet américain, conjuguant avec dextérité et finesse, de magnifiques et saisissantes prises de vue de combats aériens, avec une permanente et diffuse émotion en filigrane non dépourvue d'humour et de légèreté... www.cinefiches.com
American blockbuster war picture sufficiently violent to garner an Academy Award, overrated as are most winners of an Oscar for Best Picture. The aerial dogfight scenes may be of interest to some folks, and there is a nice macho tearjerker ending to round it out as above-average standard Hollywood fare. For a more meaningful picture of WWI, see Abel Gance's J'ACCUSE.
No hay duda que lo mejor de "Wings" son las secuencias de dogfights. Aeroplanos y pilotos vistos en primeros planos y generales contempla lo verídico del filme. Un travelling frontal que atraviesa la mesas, pompas de burbujas (con un Charles Buddy Rogers que en realidad estaba ebrio), un topless de Clara Bow, un beso masculino, son escenas que también se recuerdan.