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Living in the Age of Airplanes is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world.

James Horner, the composer on this film, was killed in an airplane accident not long after this film was completed in 2015.

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    • Author: Ballazan
    This film is quite obviously a labour of love so it's hard to knock it.

    Beautifully shot, wonderfully scored (by James Horner who was a pilot) and narrated with great feeling by Harrison Ford (who is a pilot as well), there is no doubting the commitment of everyone involved and it is hard not to get swept away with the stunning photography.

    That said, the film has its flaws. Although it serves as a timely reminder of how far humanity has come in the last 100 years and how awesome (in the true sense of the word, not in the cheap way the word is used by millenials nowadays) airplanes are, it is very light on detail.

    Suffice to say that the Wright brothers don't even get a mention. Nor are there any interviews with engineers, airplane manufacturers or historians. Too much of the film is spent showing us beautiful destinations you can go to by plane (tourist spots) instead of showing us planes and their engines while telling us minutiae about them.

    The second issue is that the film is told through the rosiest of rosy tinted glasses. There is no mention of airplanes' use in warfare (from the First World War to 9/11), for example. Nor is there any mention of the dangers or downsides of airplanes, which is quite ironic seeing how Harrison Ford had to crash-land his private plane earlier this year and James Horner sadly died while piloting a plane a few days ago.

    This film is therefore competent and beautiful to look at (especially on the big screen, which I had the pleasure of doing) but it's not sufficiently sophisticated. It serves as a great reflection on the airplane but not so much an education. I personally didn't learn anything that I didn't now about airplanes and I'm not a big airplane enthusiast.

    Children will no doubt love it and have their interest in airplanes sparked but anyone looking for a meaty and informative documentary about airplanes will have to look elsewhere.
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    • Author: dermeco
    Think of your childhood, did you ever have the dream of being a pilot? Were you fascinated the first time you rode in an airplane? Have you ever pondered what the airplane means and what it has done for modern society? If you have even slightly wondered about any of these questions, you should see this film.

    This film tells a great story of the history of mankind. It is also an inspiration for the next generation of aviation enthusiasts. If you visit the Air and Space Museum, this is a must see. You will like it!

    The film is in IMAX and the shots of the sky, the water, the monuments, and the flight are spectacular.
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    • Author: Blackstalker
    This was quite a deception. I expected a documentary about airplanes, why they're magical, and some technology and technical stuff. You'll get none of this. What you get is some contemplative aerial views of why travellng around the world is great. It surely is great, even though showing the Trevi fountain surrounded by tourists is not the best way to depict it.

    Some good points though. The first part does a fantastic job of reminding us how lucky we are to live in the early days of fast travel and how much the entire world has changed in the blink of an eye. Harrison Ford does a great job at narrating all of this.

    Airplanes lovers will be left out in the cold.
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    • Author: Bandiri
    Awesome and captivating, my whole family loved seeing this IMAX film!

    Now, my son wants to be a pilot! It was filled with beauty, inspiration, education, fresh perspective, and was a bit of a tear jerker. Perfect for the big IMAX screen.

    I felt like I traveled the world in less than an hour! Now, there are so many new places I want to go! I loved all the night scenes, and seeing so many cool, remote places.

    The visuals and music made it a solid 10. Then, there's Harrison's calm and familiar voice. Go see it!

    We can't wait to see it again!
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    • Author: Raelin
    Where are the airplanes? I get that airplanes have an impact on flower delivery - but this movie really should have more about the actual Airplane.

    Especially considering this went to IMAX.....big waste by the producers...You could have made such a better movie that would have appealed to a wider audience - but you've narrowed yourself down to the K- 5 audience. Shame.

    When you promote a movie as much as this one - and you promote to the Aeronautical community - at least provide some footage that would make them happy -

    Total fail by the producers.....Please try again - and make it more suited for Plane Fans.
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    • Author: Kajishakar
    First you must go into this documentary with the idea that you are not going to learn about airplanes. This is not a "how airplanes work" film. This film is more about how airplanes have affected humanity. It's a wonderful look at how humans have progressed from simply walking everywhere at 5MPH to flying at 500MPH.

    It's obvious from the start that great care has been taken to make this film a feast for the eyes and ears. There is no story arc. It's a simple five chapter retrospective about the history of travel and aviation. You simply need to sit back and enjoy the absolutely stunning cinematography, Harrison Ford's wonderful narration, and James Horner's awesome score. That's it! Simple as that. Nothing complicated.

    If you don't have access to an IMAX theater, the Blu-Ray looks fantastic! Very sharp and clear image. If you have a home theater with big screen and surround sound, you will love it! Worth every penny. The online streaming versions also look pretty good if you don't have a Blu-Ray player.

    Regarding James Horner's score. I have been a fan of James Horner since the early 80's. This score is one of his last and one of my favorites. It's basically a great collection of his style through the years. It's so sad he's gone now but I'm thankful he left us with such a moving piece of work that brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.

    Living in the Age of Airplanes, in my humble opinion, is a must see for the simple fact that it's interesting and at the same time a work of art in filmmaking.
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    • Author: Cordantrius
    I simply cannot understand how the makers of the movie can feel good about it -

    showing almost all the airplane (and airplane related) shots in their trailers alone, and then having 40 minutes of generic tourism destination shots in the rest of the film.

    I really was looking forward to watching it for so long, and it was a complete disappointment..
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    • Author: Throw her heart
    If you read such a grand title and learn that a great fan of Aviation like Harrison Ford is narrating, then it is extremely frustrating to discover the vast lack of detail of this movie.

    After a promising intro, you literally get infuriated by the ever repeating scheme of praising the greatness of airplanes and what we could not do without them (let alone the ever repeating vocal theme that vigorously burns itself into your auditory cortex). It's like you wait for the beat to drop – but it never drops.

    Of course, the film in general is beautifully made if you only look at the visual aspect, so it would wonderfully work for some soothing imagery in resting areas at airports - without sound.

    But being an aviation enthusiast myself, I just cannot take this film seriously or recommend it to anyone else.
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    Harrison Ford Harrison Ford - Narrator (voice)
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