This film just captures the heart. Fabulously made. Exceptional cinematography. It is one of a list of about 12-15 movies that have made me an avowed anglophile. It is real. It is emotional. It is joyful. And full of ... well ... hope and glory!
What a great film. In one sense it is a simple and straightforward fast paced movie that captures the raw and incessant intensity and challenges a battleship, and it's captain, faced protecting convoys crossing the Atlantic Ocean as the U.S. entered the war and began sending troops and supplies to England. Tom Hanks - who is the captain now! - plays a fantastic human being who values all human life. One sees through the lens of Hanks character, the extraordinary moral challenges that one faces in any war - even if WWII was arguably one of the most justifiable wars given the circumstances of Hitler's regime; all war is an entering into a quagmire of bad choice A or very bad choice B. One element could have been included that might have added an additional 5, 10 minutes max to the film knocked it down just a bit for me. But otherwise I thought it was an exceptional film.
I get the morality play but with a period piece rooted in actual history there needs to be some semblence there. But the humor was bland and dull. There were no redeeming characters. And, while the "morality" play of seeing all get their just desserts, in fact, this did not happen in history. While Queen Anne banished Lady Sarah, she eventually returned after Anne's death and took up much of her same influential position. The fact that there were no characters worth rooting for made the movie just a negative waste of time. (While there may be some modern references to the Trump administration - there have been quite a few quality people within even his admin who have resigned their positions or stood opposed to him). Still further, Anne has recently been viewed in a more positive favor with much of the negative assessment of her being attributed to two elements: a) her break with Sarah who wrote disparagingly; and b) her being a queen in a male dominated world which some believe accounted for her poor assessment. Nevertheless, even if one allows the liberties with history - which is fine - the film still had little to offer other than the exceptional acting of the three main characters.
Very slow start. Not exceptional dialog. Too many cliche characters - seriously ... there can't be people that dumb, that weird and freaked out sent on such a mission. And the evil, self-centered people are just over the top. On the other hand, the story arc was decent and the Sci Fi aspects were solid as well as the special effects.
Great acting and writing. Judi Densch's narration was wonderful. Seeing her and Maggie Smith takes one back to Room with a View. It's not a movie for you unless you appreciate subtlety, melancholy, and genteel humor. But, it was right in line with classic British filmmaking and one can't beat the acting in this film. I love these kinds of films. Their goodness just doesn't go away. Also love the India infusion which makes the film work.