Film Review: Dunkirk

On Wednesday evening my mom and I travelled to theatres to view the film Dunkirk. The 2017 film is categorized as a war movie and is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan (some of Nolan’s recognized works include The Dark Knight trilogy). The movie stars Fionn Whitehead, who stars as the film’s main character, Tommy, and furthermore Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard and Tom Hardy.

The film depicts the Dunkirk evacuation that occurred during World War Two from May 26th to June 4th in 1940. The battle took place between the Allies and Nazi Germany and consisted of the attempted defence and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe, specifically on the beach of Dunkirk in France.

According to an article regarding the film on Wikipedia, Nolan constructed his film in a manner that would focus on three main perspectives and their own stories and events, such perspectives being the land, the air, and the sea. As a result the film contains a scarce amount of dialogue, however I felt as though this allowed viewers to focus on the intensity of the battle without being distracted by minor conversations.

So far, the film has earned over $126 million globally and has encountered tremendous critical acclaim. Nolan has been praised for his screenplay and direction, and the acting, cinematography and music (contributed by Hans Zimmer) have also been recognized. Some critics are referring to Dunkirk as one of the best war films of all-time and furthermore the best film yet in Nolan’s career.

I can personally attest to the praise Dunkirk and Nolan have encountered thus far considering I found the film to be phenomenal. It depicted the battle of Dunkirk in a respectful yet accurate manner, and the acting demonstrated was truly genuine and believable. It was not a gore-fest, but rather a movie that acknowledged the true terror of the men stranded on the beach of Dunkirk when faced by tremendous violence.

I certainly recommend this film to any person who has an interest in history, or any person who is interested in viewing it.




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