The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
You have to wonder what audience they were gunning for with Flyboys. The setting — the dogfight-scarred skies of the Great War — suggests an appeal to greying men usually slumped in front of The History Channel. Yet the look and fresh-faced cast seem geared for sugar-dependent teens. Flyboy ended up attracting neither demographic on its Stateside release.
Still, it’s curiously entertaining, kind of like watching a dumb, dizzy puppy chase its tail. Each mission plays out like a cross between a teen soap and a flight-sim videogame, culminating in one ‘boss’ encounter as our heroes try to stop the Death Star — sorry, a giant Zeppelin — from destroying Alderaan — sorry, Paris. It’s like Star Wars… with gravity!
A more teen angle to this World War II story doesn't prevent it from being fairly entertaining.