The Bloody Hundredth (2024)

The Bloody Hundredth (2024)

PG-13

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A straightforward but still educational documentary about the brave Air Force unit that went head-to-head against Nazi Germany

7.0

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary, History, War
2024
LAURENT BOUZEREAU, MARK HERZOG
Adolf Hitler, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Frank Murphy
63 min

TLDR

Tom Hanks does not have one unpatriotic bone in his body, and it’s genuinely amazing how he hasn’t been dragged for it yet.

What it's about

Narrated by Tom Hanks, this documentary takes a deep dive into the 100th Bomb Group and the bloody sacrifices they made to win a crucial battle in World War II.

The take

The Bloody Hundredth was produced as an accompaniment to fellow Apple TV+ production Masters of the Air, and it shows. In writing and editing, it doesn’t feel grand enough to stand on its own despite having big stars like Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg come in and lend their presence. That said, it’s still a compelling story, made even more valuable by the real-life heroes who recall their experiences onscreen. This, plus the rich archival footage that accompanies them, is what makes an otherwise straightforward documentary well worth watching.

What stands out

It’s pretty sad that even documentaries now have to add a spoiler warning before they start. I blame all of you, Marvel fans.

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