The script by Anthony Horowitz is a bleeding masterpiece and no mistake. It works out an exceedingly complex problem with perfect justice, and succeeds in creating surreal transformations on a grand scale without disturbing in the slightest its careful realism. The force of this is most visible in the requisitioning of Digby Manor as a wartime hospital for the RAF, with a seeming dislocation resolved at the end by way of sabotage and adultery. Meddlers and deserters are put in their place, and every aspect of the situation is dealt with in the fullest.
Silberston’s great discovery, amidst the meticulous and attentive work required, is the interior of a hangar where a Spitfire is under repair, revealing the ultramodernity of the scene without emphasizing it.