The Blue Angels Review: A Spectacular IMAX Flight

The Blue Angels Review


The documentary film “The Blue Angels,” about the Navy’s flight demonstration squad, takes off on the big screen with astounding aerial maneuvers and technological prowess. This IMAX documentary, directed by Paul Crowder, follows the elite flying squadron over a season of demonstration exercises, bringing audiences along for the trip.

The film was shot with Sony’s Venice 2 IMAX-certified digital cameras, which captured the Blue Angels in action with precision. From low-angle “heroic” pictures of the pilots to slow-motion sequences, the film honors both the team and the cutting-edge technology that enables it all. The IMAX exclusive Expanded Aspect Ratio (EAR) immerses spectators in the heart-pounding action, as if they’re flying alongside the planes.

Director Paul Crowder introduces us to the Blue Angels squad, focusing on the Commanding Officer and Flight Leader, Captain Brian Kesselring. Kesselring’s commitment to greatness shows through as he provides insights into the rigorous life of a Blue Angel. The video briefly touches on the stress placed on marriages and families due to the pilots’ frequent travel, but avoids digging into personal problems or divorces, respecting the Navy’s limitations.

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While the story lacks depth, the breathtaking aerial imagery is the true star of the show. The IMAX format enhances the experience by letting viewers to see the impossible: gigantic metal jets flying in close formation at hundreds of miles per hour. The cameras, which appear to be mounted on various areas of the planes, record every twist, turn, and barrel roll. It’s unclear how they remain undetectable in the images, but the end product is definitely stunning.

The Blue Angels is more than a documentary; it’s a tribute to precision, patriotism, and the pleasure of flight. Whether you’re an aviation aficionado or just looking for an adrenaline rush, seeing this film in IMAX will enhance your cinematic experience. So buckle up, hold on tight, and get ready for an exciting voyage with the Blue Angels.


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