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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Red Baron (Der rote Baron) by Nikolai Müllerschön, 2008

with Matthias Schweighöfer, Til Schweiger, Joseph Fiennes, Lena Headey, Volker Bruch, Steffen Schroeder, Maxim Mehmet, Hanno Koffler, Richard Krajco, Lukás Príkazký

Based on the true story of the notorious World War I flying ace, this drama explores the life of Manfred von Richthofen -- aka the Red Baron -- from his childhood fascination with flying to his renowned career in the German Luftwaffe.

The movie is interesting if you never heard of the Red Baron. And you've heard so much about world war II that you assume Germans during world war I were fighting for the same ideology. I was surprised and impressed by the mentality of pilots throughout the war, despite the rivalries. At the same time, the movie showcase the relevancy of being grounded in a war that we cannot forget had the most people dead. So interesting in that aspect. Then, the movie is not very subtle in making you get those points. And the romantic story is cute, but sometimes a bit moralistic. And the movie is a bit over-staged and overacted. Great portrait anyway of a hero from the "other" side.


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