I have to admit, I'm not really one for war movies because violence isn't really my thing but, this new series from AppleTV+ . . . changed all of that!
The newest AppleTV+ series, "Masters of the Air" stars Austin Butler (Elvis), Callum Turner (The Boys in the Boat), Anthony Boyle (Tetris), Nate Mann (Licorice Pizza), Rafferty Law (the handsome son of actor Jude Law), Barry Keoghan, Josiah Cross, Branden Cook and Ncuti Gatwa. If that cast wasn't great enough, the series is produced by Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.
That lineup speaks for itself but, check out the series synopsis:
Based on Donald L. Miller’s book of the same name, and scripted by John Orloff, “Masters of the Air” follows the men of the 100th Bomb Group (the “Bloody Hundredth”) as they conduct perilous bombing raids over Nazi Germany and grapple with the frigid conditions, lack of oxygen and sheer terror of combat conducted at 25,000 feet in the air. Portraying the psychological and emotional price paid by these young men as they helped destroy the horror of Hitler’s Third Reich, is at the heart of “Masters of the Air.” Some were shot down and captured; some were wounded or killed. And some were lucky enough to make it home. Regardless of individual fate, a toll was exacted on them all.
"Masters of the Air" isn't just a series about bombing foreign countries. It's about the real people who lived these lives, made these decisions and the love and loss along the way. No war depiction would be complete without a little forbidden romance and the death of a beloved character so, expect to see plenty of that in MOTA. What I didn't expect to see was a stark difference in Austin Butler's award-winning portrayal of Elvis Presley in the 2022 film "Elvis" and his portrayal of Major Gale Cleven. There was no hint of that tortured musician only a masterful airmen fighting for his life and that of his friends. Every single actor in this series gave it their all and, because of that, we were both clutching imaginary pearls and crying real tears.
When I say this series "ran my pressure up" I MEAN IT! This was some serious love of country and life preservation that had these men jumping out of planes and into unknown lands. The next time you see a vet, THANK THEM!
The first episode "Masters of the Air" premieres January 26, 2024 on AppleTV+.