4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An interesting film,
This review is from: A Field In England [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
A Field in England achieves the laudable trick of polarising viewers and reviewers. Everyone seems to either love it or hate, no bad thing really as it demonstrates that those watching it are emotionally effected. I am sure Ben Wheatley would much prefer this to people walking out of the cinema or turning their TV off and feeling, well, nothing.
I first saw this on Film Four and was enthralled and confused in equal measure. I then bought the blu-ray version and quickly digested the extras to see how this uniquely crafted film was put together. The section on cinematography was especially interesting. I had thought that Lensbaby lenses had been used but no, el-cheapo Holga lenses and a homemade lenscap/kids telescope glass element was used to create the unique look.
I watched the film again, much better in blu-ray, the image and sound quality is just lush. As for the film itself, well Wheatley has made something that requires multiple viewings to appreciate fully, I am not sure if one will ever fully understand what is going on but the effect of the black and white, acting, wordy script, trippy editing and the claustrophobia of the entire film being based in one location is mesmerising and well worth repeated sittings to take in fully.
I highly recommend this as an original and unique entry in Wheatley's oeuvre.
Destined to have the cliched words 'cult' and 'classic' attached to it.