They're not always the point of view of a person. And it's not always literally through their eyes. That's what makes it unique.
You beat me to it. "Large" is relative, and I have yet to see an 8x10 movie camera.
Part of the look of large format photography is the insane amount of shadow detail. Being able to go that dark and still see everything while keeping the sky from blowing out is probably what attracted them to the camera in the first place. Using a smaller film or digital camera would probably look much more murky.
It's not as much about increasing dynamic range and making things less dark, but about being able to see better IN the dark.
That's what I meant by him showing he's capable of shooting more than in Fincher's style. The dark practical lighting thing is all Fincher. If you look at his commercial and music video work it's clear that Cronenweth's style holds up through all sorts of moods.
The Batman: Arkham Knight commercial he shot and co-directed with his brother Tim is very reminiscent of his father's work, with some of his own stuff thrown in. I'd love for him to have the chance to take it even further.
I've been hoping that Jeff Cronenweth would work on this movie since it was first announced (I wonder when Ridley Scott stepped down, too.) He has been an advocate for his father Jordan Cronenweth's work and very interesting life story, and he is also a first class cinematographer himself, learning from working under not only his father, but Conrad Hall and Sven Nykvist. If there's one person who can nail the look but add to it in a meaningful way, it's him. It'd show that he does more than just the Fincher style.
I like Roger Deakins, maybe not as much as the rest of the internet; he's going to make a very sharp, facile, deceptively simple looking film. But it'll have it's own look, and when you're talking about Blade Runner, it's a bit of a bummer for me.
Though, Cronenweth is extremely picky with features, he could have turned it down.
IMAX is quite a bit bigger than even 5-perf 65mm. The depth of field for 65mm is closer to anamorphic.