Middle of the road Lean, which could've been better if they had toned down some of the more melodramatic moments in the film. Acting is ok throughout, if the parts themselves are of the cookie cutter variety. Decent action sequences, but overall I am not sure I really have an interest in checking this one out again soon. For Lean, stick with Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit, Hobson's Choice, and his epics. 3 stars
Great film. Wonderful storyline, would recommend it to anyone. Normally don't see a lot of black & white films, but was a great time period in the film, sets, all fitting the 50's. The way the film captured both the science and the emotion of the role science captures the families lifestyle. David Lean did an amazing job of having the story capture the trials and fails of a experiment to accomplish great things.
2.5 Lovely to see a young Denholm Elliott. Otherwise, quite daft philosophical dialogue between father and daughter. Of course visions can be evil. They just fought WWII because of Hitler's evil vision. Get that grandchild out of the house toot sweet. Did enjoy how the monstrous sound of the screaming jet plane drove the terrified daughter into the movie theater. That would have made a good Hitchcock film.
A highly-fictionalized (and historically inaccurate) docu-melodrama about the early jet age and the race to break the sound barrier. Ralph Richardson's character is shallow and mostly a Central Casting stereotype, but he masterfully performs what they give him. It's a fairly good movie, except for the numerous places where they feel the need to stop the interesting parts in order to insert some more melodrama.
This is a classic film that describes the overall desire to break the sound barrier, as well as a personal story of obsession and desire to progress. It's a beautifully tragic drama of loss and desire, as many lives are forever changed by the potential to fly fast. The forward motion of this movie is quite astounding, and the deaths of each pilot is a testament to our natural human desire to progress.
Jolly good! Possibly the MOST BRITISH film I've ever seen. There ARE some exciting moments in this film, but they are bookended by numerous stuffy and dreadfully boring scenes. Very cold in tone, almost like a movie pretending to be an action movie. A bunch of pilots and their engineers try to break the sound barrier while maintaining a smashingly normal domestic life, wut wut? Tally-ho and all that, don't you know.
Fatally undermined by the terrible decision to kill off early on the most interesting character in the film; the loss of the one figure who could have represented some dynamic human drama and animosity wrecks the film. Granted, Richardson is very good as a blunt aircraft tycoon, but I find his ear hair distracting.