From: Lamezia Terme (Italy)
I'll repost my review here, too.
I watched it here in Paris on iMax 70mm, and I found it amazing.
I won't spoil, but let's say than Nolan, again, plays with the concept of "time" in an unique way. The movie intercuts between the soldiers stranded on the beaches, the small fleet of civilians coming to the rescue, and the RAF battling the Luftwaffe. However, as we are clearly told, the land scenes cover one week, the sea ones one day, and the air battles one hour. Nolan, though, intercuts between them like if they were on the same timeline. The effect is disorienting, at the beginning, but the way everything comes together is, IMHO, totally unique.
There is no gore in the movie, but be warned that this is a very hard PG13 (here in Europe we have different rating systems, but the concept is basically the same): the anguish and the tension are relentless, and soldiers die in dire ways. You really don't need blood and flying limbs when certain... things do happen to people.
A word of warning: there are no real characters in the movie, something, I feel, that many people will not like. I think that Nolan cast some recognisable faces just for that reason ("Hey, Kenneth Branagh looks worried! He must be an English high-up or stuff!" "Wait a minute... they are not going to kill Mad Max, do they??) - because the only connection you have is with the actors. Characters are defined by what they do, not by speeches about the wife at home expecting their first baby. The movie can be defined as a single, uninterrupted sequence that never lets go: there is simply no time for sad sing-alongs.
Zimmer's score is fantastic. Let's say that it doesn't "accompany" the movie, but it is an integral part of the soundscape.
Watch it on the biggest screen around. The air battles alone had the whole audience banking...
My vote: 9 out of 10
By the way this way of telling the story makes it look like the RAF patrol shoots down half the Luftwaffe, but one sees some of the scenes more than once from different viewpoints. This jumbled timeline idea actually works well.
It is, however, also true that Tom Hardy's Spitfire carries more ammo than all that was produced for the whole RAF during the war
"Yes darling, I served in the Navy for eight years. I was a cook..."
"Oh dad... so you were a God-damned cook?"
(My 10 years old daughter after watching "The Hunt for Red October")