The Wings of Eagles Reviews
This one is a biopic about a successful Hollywood screenwriter, known for his post WWII war films which often starred John Wayne. In this film the Duke portrays the man who helped him break out of the Western genre - this time as a hotshot pilot who finds new ways to remain useful even after being paralyzed/crippled.
That's right... the Duke plays a man who's both physically & emotionally crippled!
A great supporting cast as well, so watch for familiar faces.
The movie starts in an almost farcical way, showing the hero as a loveable larrikin and defier of authority. It gets worse from there (and I didn't think that was possible at the time), as the next few scenes mainly involve silly punch-ups. At this point the movie looked like it was meant to be a slapstick comedy, and a very bad one at that.
From a point, however, it loses the silliness and becomes a drama. Some scenes are quite emotional and engaging but many feel trite and cliched.
The WW2 stuff contains a host of historical inaccuracies. Things occur in the wrong chronological order and this part just seems very sloppily done. This is all despite the producers having some great WW2 footage at their disposal, and the help of the US Navy.
I mainly watched this because it starred John Wayne. He does fine in the lead role, but is miscast. He is far too old for the character he is playing.
Considering this movie was made long after WW2 had ended, so isn't a propaganda movie, and considering how little known Commander Wead is in terms of military history, I'm not really sure why this movie was made.
(1957) The Wings of Eagles
DRAMA/ COMEDY/ WAR/ BIO
Movie centers on a real life person of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead- the person who wrote "They Were Expendable" and other screeplays which is slightly exagerrated! Starring John Wayne as "Spig" and Maureen O' Hara as Min as his wife! Talky and loopy in terms of figuring out which genre it wants to be, such as in the beginning it starts out to be funny, then it beomes serious, and then funny again then more drama which can be annoying and tedious to any normal viewer!
2 out of 4