Parents' Guide to

Living in the Age of Airplanes

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Airplane docu is visually stunning for transportation fans.

Movie NR 2015 47 minutes
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It really missed the mark showing us well.... Airplanes. There is a bit of history but it's hard to make a link. Airplanes seen from other angles or more facts about them like the real evolution of aircrafts, assembly lines etc... Here were scenes from countries that were irrelevant... Is it a national geographic documentary about travelling or what?

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Sitting in a museum with an IMAX theater, this would be a wonderful add-on to admission -- especially for families with transportation or aviation aficionados. With its sweeping vistas of the skies and seas and the many amazing places in the world that airplanes travel, Living in the Age of Airplanes makes wonderful use of the IMAX format and deserves to be seen on the big screen. It's also educational, without being overly dense. Audiences will learn lots of trivia about transportation and aviation, as well as interesting statistics -- like the fact that, before the dawn of plane travel, most people didn't venture farther than 20 miles from home.

That said, the storytelling doesn't quite match the beauty of the cinematography. There's no mention of the Wright Brothers and other pioneers of aviation. This documentary is more about the importance of commercial air travel than the innovators who led to it. Ford's narration also accuses travelers of becoming jaded and frustrated without really delving into the reasons why modern globe trotters might feel that air travel isn't quite as spectacular as it once was. Still, children will love all those shots of planes in fascinating places -- like touching down on runways in far-flung places like the African savannas, the Pacific islands, or Patagonia.

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