A Bridge Too Far Reviews
A very well made film on one of WW2's more controversial operations. The movie captures well the scale of the endeavour and the heroism and resourcefulness involved. While most of the scenes are from the Allied side we also see the German command's perspective, and thus the strategic situation.
Very realistic and historically accurate.
Incredible cast, probably the greatest whose-who of actors ever assembled for one movie: Sean Connery, Laurence Olivier, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Ryan O'Neal, Edward Fox, James Caan, Maximilian Schell, Hardy Kruger, Liv Ullman, Elliott Gould, Denholm Elliott. Can't fault any of the performances though the salary bill must have been huge!
A must-see for anyone interested in history and/or for lovers of realistic, accurate war movies.
Richard Attenborough's war drama is a strikingly well made account of one of the allied failures of WWII, and though it attempts to capture the action from several points of view, it could have done with being half an hour shorter. The first act especially could easily have been abridged for reasons of pacing.
In the same way as Malick, however, director Attenborough punishes his audience with the true to history calamities that befell the Allied forces during Operation Market Garden, with some of the finest World War II battle sequences put to film. The cinematography is remarkable, one German charge to retake a bridge is particularly memorable, as well as the initial British tank charge. Sean Connery turns in a wonderful performance, and several other big name stars have notable cameos (Robert Redford's is affecting).
Unfortunately, "Bridge's" occasionally unfocused storytelling undercuts the propulsive sense of impending doom in the last act, and some tighter editing would have done the film well (it goes straight past a perfect and haunting final shot, with a chilling hymn rendition, to continue to a far less affecting final shot) but regardless, "Bridge" is a bleak and provocative war film that, despite its flaws, draws dramatic and powerful attention to the often tragic futilities and arrogance of man during war.