John Johnson’s review:
For a film a Bridge too Far, with it's 3hr runtime, might seem at times like a scene too far. It takes 40 minutes for Attenborough to get the planes off the ground. So am I saying this film is a slog? Not at all. The film has a rare ability to make you feel aware of the time but fully engrossed at the same time.
It is difficult to imagine today being able to assemble such an incredible cast; a cast of men. Today Hollywood seems populated by a bunch of 20 somethings with all the gravitas of an underwear model.
What is the greatest war film ever made? That is a tough one. In reality I just don't think there is a fair way of comparison. there are action sequences in this film that rival the very best ever done. The cinematography and editing were working with Attenborough like a power trio. There are many brilliant scenes with artillery barrage that absolutely convey just how terrorizing it would be to be subjected to one. This film is an epic in the truest sense of the word. It is playing in David Lean's sandbox. I would urge anyone to give this one a go...