Seen by Martin before? No
What did I expect? A big, ungainly, self-important melodrama about an airport.
What did I get? Exactly that. If you want a sense of Airport, all you need to do is call to mind the 1980 ZAZ classic Airplane! and subtract every one of the laughs and puns and self-consciously absurd touches. Seriously, Airplane! is a lot like Airport, it’s remarkable how close the movies are visually and tonally, although played straight in one and played preposterous in the other. It’s impossible to watch Airport today without thinking of Airplane! There’s a moment about halfway through when Jean Seberg says to Burt Lancaster, “Mel, they’ve been pressuring me about that transfer to San Francisco….” — the absence of mockery from the filmmakers seems thoroughly incongruous. Continue reading