Parece el perfil de una comedia romántica, pero el peso de lo funesto no cede el lugar. El filme de Hawks apunta a un tema trágico, a consecuencia de una pasión desenfrenada por la aviación desenvuelta en una inmediación precaria, y que además arrastra a sus agentes a un cinismo e insensibilidad ante su conciencia de un futuro incierto. Frente a esto, hay una necesidad por frustrar cualquier momento romántico.
one of those movies that's saved completely by the last 15 minutes, otherwise cary grant is wasted as a boring chauvanist while jean arthur and rita hayworth are sidelined too much to do anything compelling. great flying scenes though and some great lines towards the end
A multi-layered, genre-blending film. From its action and romance to the psychology of its characters and questions of family, friendship and loyalty - this is a film that flirts with so many things it's almost puzzling the whole thing works at all. An essential Hawks masterpiece.
flawless. a realists view of death as not only an inevitability but a fact against which people struggle daily. Jean Arthur at first entirely dismayed by the manner in which this band of outsiders handles loss, comes to understand through necessity and a particular bravado do these men handle death with light, though still somber, jocularity. the woes and glories of camaraderie illuminated.
A film that positively fizzes from the start - something around the theatrical intensity of the extended scenes and the real spark between all the characters - it's a real ensemble piece with wonderfully subtle pieces of characterisation and fleeting non-verbal moments between characters. Genuine sophisticated drama punctuated by laugh-out-loud moments so you can easily forgive some of the iffy gender politics.
Straight from the off Hawks creates a totally believable universe that's sustained throughout the movie. It might have all been shot in a Californian studio - for all I know - but the lush black and white photography creates a landscape / environment that's superbly realised and gorgeous to look at. So many beautiful moments in this film. And so many plot expectations overturned.