When a movie can move you, inspire you, and at the same time make your life better, you know it’s greater than good. You know it’s elite. Movies, documentaries especially can sometimes fail to relate to the people that are passionate about their subject area. “Living In The Age of Airplanes” was a movie that did exactly the opposite. It exceeded my expectations in reaching out to both #AvGeeks and the general public which one could imagine to be quite the task. It achieved its mission in conveying the message that planes are helping us every single day, and that we should appreciate their dedication.
I went into the theatre knowing I would enjoy it, but not knowing that there was a moral to the story that would slowly unfold and allow me to visualize a whole new meaning to my greatest passion–aviation. As I sat there in the small theatre watching the beautiful A380s on the big screen, I had a strong urge to applaud. The rest of the audience most likely being airline passengers with children who think planes are cool, seemed intrigued by the film, but they weren’t bottling over with excitement as I was. However, the movie continued to grab their attention due to its unique strategies in capturing the reason that we live in the age of airplanes.
The movie touched on everything that even people like myself who obsess over planes seem to forget. To many, airplanes may just seem like buildings with wings, but they are changing lives. As the movie mentioned, they have the ability and willingness to take us places that we probably wouldn’t have gone without them. These places are all around the world. They’re where our family member’s reside, where we grew up, where we got married, and where we found that job that allows us to never work a day in our life. The movie brings a close up view on Las Vegas, Nev. which is the leading conference and convention city. It shows how many of us, no matter how bad we wanted to be in attendance wouldn’t have gone to discuss something in Nevada, without an aircraft to take us there.
The movie also corrected the oblivious, by reminding the viewer that passengers are not the only things planes transport. Aviation sports its pride and love for humanity by transporting things we need and want in our everyday lives. The goods in our homes today were possibly an ocean away yesterday. And yet they made it to the local markets right outside our doors in an efficient manner because of the airplane. This doesn’t exclude services provided in our community as it cannot be forgotten that “made in America” can be a rare thing to read. Businesses that provide us with the services we can’t wait to be treated to, most likely got their materials from somewhere far away. An airplane allows for fresh, repeated delivery that other forms of transportation simply cannot provide. The movie also stressed the pertinent fact that some locations in the world would not be able to thrive, or even survive without the airplane.
Being that this is usually because of large surrounding bodies of water, the film opened up to reminding the viewer about seaplanes, which many including myself have never seen nor flown, or floated on. But, they do exist. Seaplanes have the ability to takeoff and land on water which allows them access to many land masses on the map that would be unreachable, and hence not survivable, otherwise. The seaplane brings the people on these islands and archipelagos everything from food to other necessary goods, that would be out of reach.
The film taught a valuable lesson – we ought to be thankful for living in the age of a machine that is “nearly perfected” and has the power to bring humanity to new heights. That deserves the utmost highest recognition. Never forget the airplane.
You should go see the film as well. To view where it is playing in your area: go to airplanesmovie.com. You can also watch the trailers below.
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