Dunkirk would have been even better, though, if any of the characters seemed as fully realized as the aerial and naval warfare. Without that, it works best as pure sensory experience; incredible visuals, intense battles. 7/10
Hoyte Van Hoytemas beautiful, terrifying lensing dizzying dogfights, suffocating sinkings and a cinematography-award moment when a Spitfire lands on sun-gilted sand ensure that what could have been complicated and depressing is rendered with clarity. Thoroughly modern in its approach, yet classical in style, its a film that will appeal as much to Batman fans as WW2 scholars, and ultimately, the Academy come gong time.