Nikolay Burlyaev is great as Ivan and there are beautiful individual moments. However the films feels a little rushed and disjointed, with parts never quite coming together into a meaningful whole. The subject matter makes it easy to appreciate the film, and perhaps overrate it. The weakest of his feature films. 7/10
The first film I saw from Tarkovsky. As cliche as it sounds, it opened my eyes and made me see cinema in a totally different light, and made me realize the medium could accomplish great things. Tarkovsky invented a whole cinematic language that many have shot for ever since, but haven't even come close.
This is my first of Tarkovsky, I knew what to expect but at times was still surprised and impressed. Visually it is spectacular as expected but some of the tracking shots are what surprised me, despite this being his first film over the hour mark, Ivan's childhood already looks like a master at work. If I had any reservations it would be that I wish the plot was slightly more engaging.
Heartbreaking story of a boy whose childhood is destroyed by the Second World War. The mud, swamp, birch forests and bombed-out villages of the front are stunningly photographed and the images, sense of place and of human loss linger long after the film has finished. The final scene is one of the most beautiful moments in cinema history and destroys me every time.