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4.0 out of 5 stars
A truly great story, 27 April 2004
This movie was produced at aproximately the same time as "Peral Harbour"so it's reasonable to compare it to that move. If you just read the twosynopsis you will probably think one movie maker must be copying theother: Two fighter pilots are close friends. They both fall in love withthe same woman. A breach of confidence puts their friendship on trial. Andso on...
However, a synopsis is just that: A very shallow and summary descriptionof what's about to happen. The execution, however, is what makes a goodstory (or a louse one). Unlike the Hollywood counterpart (Peral Harbour),Jan Sverak (the director) manages to describe the events and thecharacters in a believeable, respectful and humorous manner. Gone are thegood-evil archetypes, the bravado and long and tiresome sequences ofstupid dialog you'll see in Pearl Harbour. The acting and directing is thesplendid result of real actors and artists rather than "movie stars".While D.B.W. is somewhat lacking in action compared to P.H. it more thancompensates this with realism, a much better story and quite a few goodlaughs.
The flying is good but not exceptional. Compared to P.H. it's realistic(none of the chicken races or flying split seconds from certain death 90%of the time) and the heroes involved is presented as real persons, withreal feeling. The spitfires look very good for the most part and theaction is ok. As a warplane and aircombat enthusiast I would have lovedsome more of that aspect but the drama is very good (unlike the Hollywoodcounterpart where you'll find yourself fast-forwarding the moronic dialogparts most of the time to get to the action).
Consider this a "war drama" - not a war action film. If you're a warbirdsfan, looking for loads of great flying, you'll do well to lower yourexpectations and consider the aerial scenes a bonus.
This movie leaves you with memories of people and feeling, not just thefading images of explosions and dogfighting spitfires.