Wings Reviews

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September 27, 2020
A beautifully made film from the earliest days of cinema that is important for both its historical and artistic value.
August 1, 2020
Although the airplane skirmishes are the focus, the plot itself is oftentimes suspended just to protract the action.
February 5, 2020
A wonderful film, deserving the highest praise.
February 5, 2020
The picture bears the compelling stamp of truth. No film previously shown here has attempted to depict on so large a scale, or with such verity, the part played by aeroplanes in the war.
February 5, 2020
[Producer Lucien Hubbard] presents war as it should be presented -- truthfully, as a maelstrom of blood and horror, so that people who see it will be aghast at its cruelty and wastefulness.
February 20, 2019
The Academy Award-winning flying sequences still hold their own against today's CGI.
October 8, 2018
...captures an airborne sense of elation.
August 28, 2017
Director William Wellman drew on his own WWI French Foreign Legion aviator combat experience, including being shot down by anti-aircraft fire, to dramatize this story of two American fighter pilots, Jack Powell and David Armstrong. . .
February 17, 2015
It is, in fact, the masterpiece of war production.
March 24, 2014
Wings comes from an era when it was okay to be heartbreakingly emotional at all times. The beats are more obvious, and the acting is more over-the-top, but it doesn't necessarily feel artificial.
February 4, 2014
Wings is nearly two and-a-half hours long, and both its length and its emphasis on spectacle feel archetypal, the first triumph (of many) of scale over story in awards history.
February 4, 2014
William Wellman's silent WW1 flying epic soars thrillingly while it's airborne, but on the ground it plods.
February 1, 2014
A mixture of melodrama, sentimental romance and heavy-handed comedy, Wings was superbly choreographed with skilfully photographed stunt flying and aerial combat.
March 4, 2012
Not a very unique, nor an especially artistic production, for sure, but it is one heck of an outstanding picture.
February 23, 2012
Still exciting aloft but terribly sentimental and clich-ridden on the ground.
February 19, 2012
...the last of the grand studio epics of the silent film era.
February 3, 2012
The main reason to see 'Wings' is some of the most jaw dropping areal footage ever shot. Keep in mind, these folks didn't have CGIs.
January 23, 2012
It's exactly the kind of movie the Academy still loves today.
January 23, 2012
its unadorned sense of realism sets Wings apart from so many special-effects-laden action movies today that exchange pixels for stuntmen and computer logarithms for physical reality
January 16, 2012
...as big as they came in 1927, with a host of extras in the battle scenes and aerial footage that is often stunning.
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