THE BLUE ANGELS – A Review by John Strange

THE BLUE ANGELS – A Review by John Strange

The famed Blue Angels aerobatic demonstration team of the U.S. Navy is renowned for its aerial expertise and jaw-dropping stunts.  They fly over 40 shows a year all over the country.  The Blue Angels film follows a recent team through their year from winter training sessions designed to integrate the new pilots coming onto the team with the old hands.

Most of us know about the group but this documentary shows us how they prepare the team for the shows.  We see them planning and then executing their training flights, slowly perfecting their show in preparation for the season.

The cinematography in this film gives us a front-row seat as the jet pilots perfect their stunts.  The pilots are truly the heart of the team’s performances, and we get to know the men who take their lives in their hands and trust their fellow pilots with their lives as they fly show after show.

This film is going to make the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds very jealous as it draws even more people into the Blue Angel’s fan club.

The film is showing on IMAX screens until May 23, 2024.  On that day, it will begin its run on Amazon Prime Video where I suspect it will be running for a long time to come.


Director: Paul Crowder

Producers: Glen Powell, Sean Stuart, Glen Zipper, Mark Monroe, Hannah Minghella, and J.J. Abrams

MPAA Rating: G

Selig Rating: 5 Stars

Runtime: 94 Min.

Release Date:

05/16/2024 (IMAX 2-D Theaters – One Week Only)

05/23/2024 (Amazon Prime Video)

Language: English

Genre: Documentary

Trailer: THE BLUE ANGELS Official Trailer


The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.

4 Stars – Good movie/show

3 Stars – OK movie/show

2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…

1 Star – Total waste of time.

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