As you may have read in my previous post, I enjoy films about WW2. However, I also enjoy movies about groups of people solving really large problems together. Hidden Figures and Apollo 13 spring immediately to mind as some of my favorites. Recently, though, I discovered “Castles in the Sky” from the BBC which is now available via streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The narrative centers on Great Britain’s effort to develop and deploy Radar in anticipation of a Nazi air offensive. The struggles faced by these scientists and engineers will be intimately familiar to anyone who has tried to grow a company from nothing into something big. In the movie, we see funding struggles, familial sacrifice, rapid iteration and failure, wavering between faith and despair and a fair amount of hacking. As in Hidden Figures and Appolo 13, this movie shows us smart, extraordinarily creative people solving super difficult problems.
Amazon Prime Video also has other great WW2 and problem solving films in their catalog. Enemies at the Gate and A Bridge Too Far are both currently included in an Amazon Prime subscription. Contagion, starring Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Marion Cottilard. This movie does not cover WW2. Instead it covers the scientific and personal stories of people trying to understand and solve an epidemic outbreak. If you enjoy this movie, you may want to take a look at buying the board game Pandemic.
Of course, Amazon Prime is not the only place to watch great WW2 movies and problem solving films. Netflix’s catalog contains an incredible selection of films and documentaries in these genres. Between an HD Antenna, Netlix and Amazon Prime video you should never run out of great movies. If, however, you would like more of these kind of films from a British perspective, then you can download the AcornTV app or you can subscribe to AcornTV directly through your Amazon Prime account.