On The Wing is a comedy-adventure about a teenage boy, Will Ryburn, and his three quirky friends who take on the corrupt Senator Sally Atkinson and her greedy sidekick, the comic oilman Dirk Diaper. Atkinson and Diaper will stop at nothing to eliminate the beautiful bald eagles that stand between them and the millions of barrels of oil beneath the eagles’ nesting grounds. Will and his gang of misfits must draw on all their talents to defeat the villains and then to convince Will’s Senator father (Corbin Bernsen) that sometimes one must let go of the past to move into the future. Featuring Shirley Jones as Will’s loving Grandma.
“On The Wing” has a lot of action sequences, and the energy is obvious in the film-making. This enthusiasm is seen consistently throughout the movie.
One character, who runs a business called Diaper Oil, appears many times in the film and he doesn’t always make sense. He is a Texan, and he literally gallops around and makes funny faces. The film also includes a recurring joke about whether his name is “Diaper Soil” or “Dee-ap-pears Oil.”
Basically, the movie is about an event that takes place in 1892 in Corsicana, Texas, and it involves the Ryburn family. It leads to a conflict in the present day about bald eagles roosting in the trees of some land that is targeted to produce more oil. A young man named Will, the son of a senator (played by Corbin Bernsen), is determined to speak up on behalf of the environment and the eagles. He undergoes changes from his original personality, in which his only concern was playing his guitar. Corbin Bernsen is quite good as the father and senator and is an anchor in the film. The filmmaker is very good with cinematography and captures some beautiful and breathtaking scenes, including wonderful poses of the eagle. Actress Shirley Jones appears as Will’s grandmother.
Enjoy the nature and eagle scenes that this film captures. We award “On The Wing” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus.