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Battle of Britain Reviews

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May 13, 2016
July 1940. France has fallen and Britain braces itself for the
inevitable German onslaught. In order to invade Britain, Germany must
first gain air superiority. All that stands in its way are the brave
few - the fighter pilots of the RAF.

Stirring telling of the RAF's finest hour. Great aerial battle scenes
and some good insights into the strategic aspect of the conflict.

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.
April 4, 2015
A beatifull air battle, this movi is that
March 14, 2015
Perhaps roger Egbert that so called "top critic" is just another frustrated American having to come to grips with pitting a 1968 British movie against that modern US crap like saving private Ryan with all the historical in accuracies and nationalistic crap perpetuated by the likes of Steven ambrose
February 27, 2015
Very British. A decent movie depicting Britains defense against Germany. The air combat footage is pretty. The film is a bit long. And despite the success of The Battle of Britain. The ending of the movie is a bit Anti-Climatic.
January 6, 2015
It's a good film, but the problem for once is too much accuracy rather than too little. When in the air the characters all wear real fighter pilot masks which completely cover the recognizable parts of their faces. So unless you can identify Michael Caine's forehead from a brief shot as he's jerking violently in his seat you won't know what happens to him. Or Robert Shaw. Or any of the others. I honestly have no idea where they went. I presume that the ones I don't see again died, but it's impossible to tell how just from the snippets we get. Much as it pains me to say it they needed to do the ahistorical thing and have the pilots flying around unmasked, or else find some other way of identifying pilots through custom headgear or something.
½ January 1, 2015
"Battle of Britain" is a solid war film packed with stunning cinematography and jaw-dropping aerial combat sequences. Unfortunately, it is held back from true greatness by a script that shirks on small picture character development. Though the film is laudable for attempting to cover as much of the battle as possible, a finer focus would have done the dramatic side of the film well, as various subplots aren't developed to their true potential, and the massive cast of characters begins to blend into generic British and German war cliches. Michael Caine's turn as a pilot is fun, a Polish subplot is amusing, and one pilot's brief London experience shows flashes of emotional poignancy, but overall the film trips on the character side of things (particularly a poorly-written and plotted romance). Thankfully, however, the aerial combat sequences are a visual marvel, shot majestically and choreographed beautifully. The actual planes and practical effects stand the test of time easily, and the cinematography during a night raid on London proves chilling and haunting. World War II dogfights have perhaps never been so exhilaratingly exciting on film, because these planes and maneuvers are for real and thus utterly believable. The final sequence, dominated by music, is a haunting and elaborate symphony of the destruction of war that borders on the hypnotic. Though flawed on the personal narrative side, "Battle of Britain" plays out so interestingly on the big picture and rousingly cinematography-wise that it is well worth a watch.
½ December 24, 2014
I really wanted to like this film more. I really enjoy the large cast WWII extravaganza genre kicked off by "The Longest Day". This one has a great cast. It just didn't click with me. Perhaps it's just a little too dry in that oh so British fashion.
July 20, 2014
Just a fantastic film.
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.
February 11, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
December 8, 2013
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.
½ October 30, 2013
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.
½ 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.
July 7, 2013
An american spirited,fun, enduring classic.
March 24, 2013
The best story of the Battle of Britain. I just hope American Holywood doens't try and re-make it with an American hero.
March 5, 2013
After watching Lewis and Clark, Edwin is ready to move forward in history to the battle for control of Europe. We're up late tonight since a fever will keep him home from school tomorrow. #littlehistorian
½ February 28, 2013
I'm glad I've seen it.
Super Reviewer
½ 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.
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