STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND REVIEWED
“Strategic Air Command” finds an ex-pilot turned baseball player being called up to help the Cold War effort. He’s being tasked with flying a bomber to scare the Commies away from the Land of Liberty. The film is incredibly loosely based on Ted Williams’ life. But, it works. So much of these early 50s films play like an attempt to make wholesome propaganda. However, this is an aviator gearhead’s movie.
The vintage bombers, massive post WWII machines and other aircraft are the co-stars for Stewart in this film. That being said, the film is rather schizo. Never knowing whether to be a domestic drama, a half-baked biopic or an attempt at glorifying the military…the film stumbles a little. Still, it’s a testament to Jimmy Stewart’s ability to mine gold from anything that keeps this movie in the air. While the film received an Oscar nomination for its special FX, there’s a reason why the rest of the film has seemingly been forgotten.
The answer for that is nothing matters. While Stewart turns in a terrific performance, the film feels like an extended pilot for a TV series that never happened. Do with that what you will.
- 1.66:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD mono