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Dark Blue World

Dark Blue World

This Czech and English language World War II film unfortunately mirrors what Pearl Harbor tried to do for romantics minus the more igniting realistic center piece.  Dark Blue World has two Czech pilots for England's Royal Air Force (RAF) vying for one lady.

For a foreign picture that features decent performances and is lushly photographed, this non-linear tale soars on its budget more than new ideas.

From an opening shot of a couple invigorated with the prospect of flying the seemingly friendly skies, Dark Blue World unfolds more coldly in 1950 Czechoslovakia.  Ondrej Vetchy's Frantisek is politically incarcerated by the Communists for his alliance with Britain during the war.  He remembers back in 1939 during the Nazi invasion a partnership with Karel (Krystof Hadek) that led to becoming expatriates in Britain.  Frantisek and his youthful friend recruited themselves with fellow airborne squad personnel.

There is a sense of restlessness when their imperious British commander, a snooty Charles Dance, keeps the trainees grounded.  And later in the recounting, Karel (like Ben Affleck), shot down by the Luftwaffe over England, ends up nicely hidden on a farm where Tara Fitzgerald's concerned Susan cares for him.

Soon Dark Blue World has Susan in a relationship with Frantisek and two aviary friends start to become distraught.  Yet, from Sverak's father, Zdenek, the screenplay can't keep the viewer from figuring out another Pearl Harbor type slightly uplifting love triangle.

Blue World is dimmed by an uninspired blast from the past; Sverak lets his top-flight pilots have their time in sharply choreographed aerial dogfights.  When the Spitfires are in action, Dark is beautiful to behold.  Love is up in the air, in its true glory, but not when brought back to Earth by romance and the Cold War.

Dark Blue World