- 1h 25min
The life of a flight attendant is glamorous and exciting, but as The Aviary follows Summer Pozzi from city to city we discover that when the uniform comes off, things can get very complicate... Read allThe life of a flight attendant is glamorous and exciting, but as The Aviary follows Summer Pozzi from city to city we discover that when the uniform comes off, things can get very complicated. An unexpected transfer takes Summer from Chicago, her boyfriend and her mother, to a cr... Read allThe life of a flight attendant is glamorous and exciting, but as The Aviary follows Summer Pozzi from city to city we discover that when the uniform comes off, things can get very complicated. An unexpected transfer takes Summer from Chicago, her boyfriend and her mother, to a crowded San Francisco apartment. Her new roommates include Portia (who is in the throws of a... Read all
The first thing that struck me was how professional it was, both in the production design and in the film editing. This isn't some summer-stock production crew lugging a digital camcorder around airports and hotels. Each scene and camera perspective was creatively thought out and there is style and clarity to the shots. From the opening few minutes, the Aviary is filled with engaging camera-work and creative editing that make it a first-rate production. You'll be seeing more from the director Abe Levy, mark my words on that. Since this movie was actually written by a working flight attendant, I knew the story and characters were going to be different that what I had seen in the past. We follow the surprise San Francisco transfer of Summer Pozzi, a looking-for-something-other-than-flying-in-life character warmly acted by Lara Phillips. There are other characters she deals with, particularly in her SFO apartment, but it's Pozzi we're following during her uncertain period in SFO with her roommates, hypochondriac mother, and various love interests. The surprise and shocking revelation toward the end of the film (which I'll not give away here, thanks) was a very engaging piece of screen writing. The characters in the SFO apartment aren't plastic Gwyneth Paltrow/Christina Applegate flight attendants. These are bored Ready Reserves who 'borrow' minis, smoke pot brought back from Amsterdam layovers, insult each other while pass-riding, and sit around staring at the phone in anticipation of the next crew desk assignment (one of the funnier sequences in the film). This group, like flight attendants everywhere, continues to play out two different lives; one in the aisle and the other everywhere else. And it's their trying to find a balance between the two lives that I think makes Pozzi and Lucas interesting to watch. Of course, this movie is filled with F/A images/dialogue galore like the rushed 2-4-6-8 counting of minis before landing, an ice mallet bonking the bag of ice, checking a manifest to see if someone is a NRPS, endless crew bag drags through airports, hotel curtains flipped open to different layover hotel views, and those unconformable F/A shoes everywhere.
My one suggestion (should there ever be an Aviary sequel) is: Make it longer and develop the Lucas and Kate characters more. I think the role of Lucas (played by Michael Gilio) was one of the more interesting characters in the film. I wanted to know more about him (exactly where did he come from and how did he get such incredible patience to deal with Kate, etc ) and see even more interaction between himself and Pozzi. The traveling montages and airport/flying musical sequences comprise good portion of the movie---and very cleverly done I might add---but I would have liked to have stayed with the roommates in SFO just awhile longer to more fully develop their characters and witness their interactions even further. Bottom line: This is a wonderfully entertaining movie and I couldn't help seeing The Aviary as a celebration of F/A life. And we all need that now. We need some fun to revisit why we do what we do. I think this is best exemplified early on in the film when a crew member asks Pozzi: "So, do you live with real people or flight attendants?" "Flight attendants," Pozzi responds. "Oh, that's good." Boy, does that say it all! A big congratulations to Silver Tree, Abe Levy, Daedalus Howell, and the rest of the cast/crew of this project for their marvelous achievement. The Aviary is a great addition to our profession and a lot of fun.-C. Lee
- Jun 22, 2005