Wellman’s troup of aviators are armed of emotions that recharges this war epic messenger into a personal venture of vendetta and love.
Wellman’s troup of aviators are armed of emotions that recharges this war epic messenger into a personal venture of vendetta and love. To create a tightly packed nail biting action sequence on such a large scale in a silent film, is itself a testament to the finest filmmaking of all. Wellman’s visual galore is so neat and clean that even the infomercial charts won’t set you off the track. The thrills keeps us on the edge of the seat without any sound effects. Speaking of charts, they are so brilliantly edited and wisely imputed that they too become an important character. Every time, before taking off a plane, the characters double checks everything and the makers have decided to write that down on screen that creates an amazing arc on the storytelling.
These little things is what the entire physical sequences are brimmed off, Wellman never fails to impress us. And addition to that, creating a triangle love story and egoistic rivalry between guns blazing and winds whirling stage, the experience of the audience is elevated to a jaw dropping amazement. Surprisingly, it has humor too in it but it is smoothly installed to lighten up the mood using the visual effects like depicting emerging bubble for a drunk guy; a witty trick among aplenty others.
Rogers sticks to his sweet and often hot headed natured portrayal as a protagonist and so does Bow that walks on a similar path as a supporting character. But Arlen on the parallel role has much wider range to factor in. His character is three dimensional underdog, generous and definitely layered but Arlen fails to hit a home run with it; a swing and a miss to such a brilliant opportunity. Wings is a rare cinematic art not only for the silent films but as a general aspect of it, the passion hasn’t worn off even after a century.