Mark Arnett starts Baby Boomerang with a simple goal: Make a documentary about World War II for people, like himself, who don’t like documentaries. He wants to tell the story of his father’s World War II experience to the spoiled, pretentious, and ungrateful baby boomer generation that he belongs to. So, he begins the film in a way that he is sure baby boomers can relate to: he makes the film about himself.
Luckily for Mark, the film takes so long in production–fourteen years, to be precise–that by the time he gets to the heart of his father’s story, he loses the self-centered vision, and both Mark and the audience get sucked into the compelling events of his father’s crash landing in German-occupied Holland, his eleven months as a prisoner of war, and his return home to marry the girl who pinned his wings on him in pilot training.
Mark could never seem to get the footage he shot to come together, but when his father passed away, Mark finished the film in a week.
While Mark fails to finish the film that he started, he succeeds in drawing us into a very personal story that explores faith, courage, love, and the inescapable fact that, in many ways, we all turn into our parents in the end.
I don't know if I cried or laughed harder! This is truly a delightful film. I think what I like about it the most, is how entertaining and non traditional it is. It's not just a boring war film, but a glimpse of a real experience backed with life lessons and an unbelievable love story. Beyond that, it makes me appreciate what I have. I love the scene that Charles describes as he is finally home in the States. He laid the alfalfa field and truly felt what it meant to be free. I love his descriptions of the green fields and the puffy white clouds. Although I have not experience imprisonment and war, I can glimpse at what it might have been like and share in this amazing experience. I've showed Baby Boomerang to many of my friends who all loved and enjoyedit. It's a real work of art.
Baby Boomerang is documentary that focusses on a man's World War II experience. The story is told by Mark Arnett, the son of war hero Charles Arnett. Normally I find documentaries a little slow and not very engaging, but this story pulled me right in. The film details Charles' experience from start to finish, all the while making you want to laugh and cry. Mark shows true film making genius as he pulls this story together to a very heart warming and satisfying ending. If you are curious about the people that kept our freedom alive, or if you personally know someone that did, then this movie is for you. Do yourself a favor and go to www.babyboomerang.com and watch it, you'll be glad you did.
A very touching film that tells the story of B24 pilot Charles Arnett
in WWI through the eyes of his youngest son Mark. I'm usually not a big documentary watcher but I'm so glad I got to watch this! This film has
everything! It's a documentary but a comedy, drama, and romantic film
too. I laughed and cried! I love everything about it.
Growing up in a spoiled generation myself I related to Mark. Through the film I felt I learned a valuable lesson on gratitude, love, and the importance of family. It's a must see film!
If you like history, comedy, and to feel inspired then this is the film for you!
Baby Boomerang is a very moving story. I don't usually find
documentaries very entertaining but this movie had me laughing at times
and crying at others; always engaged. I enjoyed it very much. Baby Boomerang is not like any other documentary that I have ever seen. The way that Mark ties in his own journey of cataloging his father's story is brilliant! Very unique and at times really funny. Never having the chance to meet Charles Arnett in person, I feel like Baby Boomerang gave me a glimpse of what an amazing man he must have been. I think that even though the story obviously means a lot to the Arnett family, anyone who sees this movie will be touched and inspired. Thank you Mark for letting us experience this very personal and inspiring part of your father's life. I would recommend Baby Boomerang to anyone!
It is rare to find a film that stirs up so many emotions. One minute, this masterpiece has you laughing your head off and the next minute you have tears in your eyes because of the sweet, yet dramatic events that take place.
Baby Boomerang gets an A++ and is a "must see" for ALL families. It helps you think about and feel what is REALLY important in such an intriguing way. The whole time you watch Baby Boomerang, you are on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend for everyone to see this film. It doesn't matter who you are, it will stir your soul and inspire you want to be your best.
I hope there will be a sequel because there is a thirst for films like this. You don't get tired of it; you just want to see it again and again!
Outstanding! What an inspirational and moving story. All the elements come together to create a very touching movie of family and devotion and loyalty. The video clips, the on-location interviews, the music really bring the viewer to the scene of action. I was moved right from the beginning. Thank you for sharing your dad with us, Mark, and pulling together this amazing video re-creation of events that touched so many lives.
Wanted to view this as a followup to a story I had read about Charles Arnett's experiences in WWII. I anticipated a documentary dealing solely with the experiences of a young bomber pilot. I was impressed to find this was so much more. I was very touched by the relationship between the director and his father, and the story of a young returned missionary in the early 40's. Couldn't help but think of my own father and our relationship. The film touched me deeply.