Not bad for wartime propaganda—in many respects it plays more like postwar reflection along the lines of The Best Years of Our Lives, emphasizing domestic uncertainty as much as battlefield bravery. (Can you use the word “battlefield” if it’s planes vs. boats? Can’t think of an alternative.) Upper lips are at maximum stiffness throughout, to somewhat stultifying effect, but the tone is so quietly sober that there’s little sense of being rallied.
April 19, 2012