A movie review of “Living in the Age of Airplanes”: This sunny IMAX documentary focuses on how air travel has changed the world, but the dark side of the future is barely mentioned. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
The title of “Living in the Age of Airplanes” is almost modest, considering how ambitious the final product turns out to be.
This new IMAX epic is nothing less than a history of the human race’s progress, beginning hundreds of thousands of years ago and ending in speculation about the future. In less than an hour, it squeezes a parade of momentous inventions into a peppy list of discoveries.
Forget about the details and such spoilers as global warming. Grainy black-and-white footage illustrates the early days of flying, though there’s no mention of the Wright brothers or Lucky Lindy. Specially equipped planes deliver packages to isolated islands and Antarctica, but there’s no acknowledgment that these locations are threatened by rising waters or air pollution.
Movie Review ★★½
‘Living in the Age of Airplanes,’ an IMAX documentary narrated by Harrison Ford. Directed by Brian J. Terwilliger, from a screenplay by Terwilliger and Jessica Grogan. 47 minutes. Not rated; for general audiences. IMAX: Pacific Science Center.
The dark side of the future is barely mentioned, though hints come through in flashes that touch on South America and the ever-photogenic Grand Canyon. As a sunny depiction of what to expect and what’s been accomplished, the movie is nearly seamless, but is that all there is?
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Climate change? What’s that? Handsome, relentlessly positive and ultimately unconvincing, this film seems to exist in a different universe than Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
It’s more like the dizzying finale of 1963’s “How the West Was Won,” with its aerial shots of Los Angeles freeways’ concrete spaghetti, proudly presented as justification for centuries of exploitation.