Photo: Flyboys: Jay Maidment

It’s been a while since the last truly rousing WWI dogfight films: Wings came out in 1927, Hell’s Angels in 1930. (No, 1966’s The Blue Max isn’t good enough.) The time is ripe for a new ”Red Baron” movie. Which makes Flyboys‘ pedestrian drama — about a group of Yanks who move to France to battle tri-wing German fighters — and videogame lameness all the lamer: This is a lost opportunity on an epic scale. The actors are so styled and the dogfights so drippy with CG that, as a period piece, the movie almost looks like it’s set in the future.

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