The Flying Machine

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Mixed-media movie celebrates life of Polish composer Chopin.

NR 2013 77 minutes

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30 quality minutes + 60 more forgettable ones

As you can read in the movie summary, there is a 30 minute animated “movie within a movie” which feels magical and tells a compelling story of a girl being separated (and ultimately reunited) with her father. I really enjoyed this little vignette, and the music by Chopin truly enhanced this experience. But as soon as the story switches to live actors, it goes completely downhill. The acting is forced and over the top, and the story-telling is disjointed (is this a story about paying attention to your children, putting down your phone, or a history of Chopin? I don’t know.) While I don’t recall seeing anything offensive, I would rather I’d had the entire 90 minutes of my life back. Plus, my 7 and 9 year old boys felt like I’d somehow cheated them out of movie night.

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For kids who love music and magic

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