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Battle of Britain Reviews

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May 26, 2014
The Battle of Britain is a fantastic movie, it doesn't matter what reviews have to say about movies, it's your heart that tells you if you like it. and it is great movie.
August 31, 2013
Battle of Britain makes the conscious effort to attempt to show its story from the perspectives of both The British and The Germans without characterising its soldiers as viallains, but rather simply as young men who are doing their job by following the orders of superiors. It doesn't put too much depth into exploring its characters since its more focused on the war, and that keeps it up on the large scale that it reaches for.
The downside of this however is that it prevents the film from having any characters to connect to and therefore makes the film much of a technical one without any heart to it. There is no real characters even with a widely talented ensemble cast and the solid acting from actors including Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw and Christopher Plumber. Battle of Britain eventually descends into being nothing more than a film bereft of any depth or character development that can't even tell its story too well and attempts to cover it with expensive action sequences. But unfortunately, in the contemporary age it's easy to pick up on the lesser qualities of the film and the fact that director Guy Hamilton was so stuck into creating spectacular flight sequences that he forgot to incorporate in good human figures to make the war seem less technical.
But Battle of Britain proves itself to be a memorable visual experience.
The film is shot at beautiful scenery with great cinematography, and it captures the aviation sequences perfectly. The visuals in Battle of Britain are terrific and the flights are unforgettable, so aviation aficionados should surely enjoy Battle of Britain. I know for a fact I will never forget all the aviation.
Battle of Britain does prove to be a colourful looking film, but it's more of an explosion venture with some breakthrough action and incredible cinematography in lieu of proper storytelling or good characters. While the aviation is exhilarating, the way the film tells the story is not and it turns out to be a glacially paced war film that is stretched too far over too much running time with little to entertain if aviation isn't happening, especially since it retreads itself constantly in repetition of scenes and dramatic themes.

So really, Battle of Britain delivers the action and some spectacular aviation which should please fans of flight, but it is overlong and repetitive in attempting to tell its story without succeeding.
December 29, 2013
A good watch, mainly for the the aerial footage and the mega-cast.
Chris B

Super Reviewer

July 21, 2011
An overlong and very boring depiction of the events, the film doesn't fully utilize it's ensemble cast of great actors accordingly with the script and the film stutters more than it shines. This isn't to say that there are moments of brilliance and some exciting scenes, but The Battle of Britain is overhyped and having heard countless stories from my Grandma and uncles who lived during WWII in England, I wasn't too impressed overall.
October 18, 2007
a good battle of the skies film
August 29, 2013
Absolutely great. Actually, if one wants to be wealthy, one must always brood about loss, as the Air Marshal portrayed in the end, is pretty glum about the aircraft lost, and the corresponding crew, with the aircraft.
September 25, 2007
Stirring telling of the RAF's finest hour. Not perfect though - pacing and continuity are a bit choppy. Plus, some scenes are unnecessary, thrown in for extra human drama but which detract from the story. Still, a great war movie.

All-star cast delivers in spades: Laurence Olivier (as Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding), Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Trevor Howard, Susanna York, Kenneth More and Michael Redgrave plus future stars in Ian McShane and Edward Fox.
July 20, 2013
This one started off looking very promising. It has lots of good action sequences, and it's certainly a lot more polished than "Aces High." But what that movie lacked in polish, it more than made up for in compelling writing, strong acting, and character development. This one didn't -- there was no real character development, and its one attempt at romance just kept going over the same ground again and again. Also, by the time of the final battle scene, everyone we cared about had been shot down, so there was really no emotional impact. In the end, the movie felt like a Harry Turtledove novel, with many characters and lots of detailed action sequences, but no memorable drama. It's sad, because they had so much great acting talent at their disposal but did so little with it. 2.5 stars.
April 18, 2013
An american spirited,fun, enduring classic.
February 28, 2013
I'm glad I've seen it.
David S

Super Reviewer

February 25, 2013
With an extraordinary cast Hamilton recreates the brilliant dogfights and airborne drama with great panache and even had time to include a little melodrama along the way. At least this gives us a chance to get to know the characters a bit as once they're in the air and have their oxygen masks on it's difficult to tell them apart! Plummer and York have the best storyline but it's cut short a bit too quickly and Caine is barely in it at all. A good document of a vital moment in history and entertaining but with so many individual stories it's difficult to get emotionally involved.
July 5, 2007
I'd like to see this again.
February 6, 2013
This is probably one of the most underrated war movies of all time. The depictions of the aerial battles are nicely done. The special effects are dated but that doesn't stop this movie from being great. The entire cast does an excellent job playing their parts. There are many different types of aircraft that took part in the real Battle of Britain but I guess many of them didn't survive after the war to be used in this film so we're only shown five different types of aircraft. The cinematography as well as the aerial photography are excellent. Under used British composer Ron Goodwin provides a nice score that underscores the film's action and dramatic moments. If you like war movies, this is a must see.
February 2, 2013
lively, breathtaking flight sequences and pounding score. only the story lacks true substance and the flat, raf base backdrop needed to be fixed. nonetheless, a terrific ride and great war film.
January 9, 2013
This movie is the perfect example of something being a mile wide and an inch deep. There are too many characters, too many perspectives, and not enough feeling. If it weren't for the famous faces I wouldn't have been able to keep track of who anyone was or which side they were fighting for.
There are some truly brilliant shots of air combat scattered throughout but it all gets a bit tired by the end and without any real emotional core or character to latch onto I could help but lose the battle of indifference.
November 21, 2012
Historians would like this most. They rest of us: no. It was bor-bor-boring. It was cool to see all these major actors as much younger adults. That was about it. Two hours and twelve minutes. Too dreadfully long.
muffin0681
October 22, 2012
I own this in a six movie pack along with:
* A Bridge Too Far (1977)
* The Train (1964)
* 633 Squadron (1964)
* The McKenzie Break (1970)
* The Devil's Brigade (1968)
October 3, 2012
A grand explication of a grand story. A wonderful and well-chosen cast, excellent if necessarily brief "human story" moments, convincing battle scenes and a great sweep of narrative. The special section near the end ‚"of the decisive Big Day‚" with its themed music by William Walton, gives a stomach-churning experience of air battle at its most disorienting. Highly recommended.
July 19, 2012
Does not stand up to the test of time. The cutting edge flying sequences must have stunned audiences in 1969. Today they are long and boring scenes. The human element is completely missing from this film. The incredible cast is wasted!
November 18, 2008
An epic retelling of an historic event. Some of the fighting scenes were excellent, despite the inherent difficulty in trying to portray a battle in the air.
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