"What used to be a migration is now a vacation."
"A quarter of a million of us are in the air at any given time."
Tidbits like these give the narration (powerfully articulated by Harrison Ford) wings. Ford reminds us that it wasn't too long ago, that we (as humans) walked anywhere we needed to get to -- and for most of our time on the planet.
Even with such interesting text, the visuals from start to finish are stunning and could be enjoyed in silence, but the score certainly gives the whole production that much more lift. Yes, the score does "go over the top" from time to time, but I have to admit -- I kind of liked it. The spectacular vistas of planes in the most remote and beautiful locations on Earth, put the "relative" doldrums of an international flight into perspective.
This is not a history lesson on the airplane (Wilbur and Orville, aren't even mentioned). There is absolutely zero information on how they fly, nor any tech geek talk on the models and designs through the decades. This film, instead, focuses on the impact quick travel has had on all of us, while aiming squarely, to re-invigorate your wonder of flight, and inspire you to travel to that far off place you were only dreaming of prior. Though cargo (in the form of roses) gets an impressive chunk of screen time, most of the flights are commercial liners. So, I wouldn't be surprised if funding for the production came from the airlines themselves. But, even if that's the case, this is still very much worth seeing. Plus, it'll make you think twice before you curse your next slightly delayed flight.
I wholly enjoyed it.
-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --