Dunkirk was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Tom Hardy Killian Murphy Kenneth Branagh amongst a humungous cast of people and tells the story of the evacuation of 400 thousand men in the middle of World War two who had every second are in danger of being eliminated by the Germans and, it’s about how these men got off of those shores the civilians that got in their own personal boats to travel there to help them and the stories of these men trying to do everything they possibly can to survive naturally.
I was excited for this movie I think most people who love movies are because it’s directed by Christopher Nolan and so obviously you’re instantly thinking to yourself okay at the very least this is going to be a magnificent spectacle and Dunkirk utilizes real boats real planes real locations humongous amounts of extras to immerse you in this moment to make you feel so completely taken over by it and it works this movie is thrilling imagine Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor . Say what you want about that movie it’s not good but cut out the first like 90 minutes and the film just starts with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the rest of the movie is the attack and that’s. The whole film from the opening shot of Dunkirk you are in it we’re introduced to a few characters very quickly and then you are instantaneously in this battle and it never lets up there’s never a dull moment there’s never a scene where characters sit around a campfire and say who do you got at home waiting for you yeah my wife’s pregnant. I got a kid in school well actually the school ain’t there anymore because the Nazis blew it up Oh boohoo. There’s never a moment like that you don’t get those moments that you’re so used to seeing in war films. It’s sometimes that can be a hindrance on the film as well. Because my one major issue with this movie which doesn’t detract from it too much is that.
I didn’t feel a specific connection with any one character like. I wanted to root for them or connected with them emotionally in fact. I suppose, who you might view as the audience character the one young person. That you’re introduced to in the opening scene barely speaks a word for the first half of the movie. This movie is about the event it’s about this evacuation of all of these men it’s about being in the middle of a horrific situation my buddy who. I saw the movie with Craig said it best he said when you are in a situation like this you don’t go. Hey my name is Ben no that’s cool my name is Kevin. You know what do you like oh I don’t know there’s bombs all over the place right now ? I was just hoping we could have a nice conversation this movie is in the moment and the way Noland Helms all of these battle sequences. It’s what film was invented for everything on the screen looks completely authentic. There’s never a moment that feels wasted there’s not a scene that feels misplaced and although. It’s very simplistic in its characterization its storytelling isn’t and don’t want to get into. Why because I feel that that would be spoiler territory but there’s a moment in this film where ? I saw a character in the nighttime and went wait a second. I like the film is about an hour and 46 minutes which is very short for Noland and when i found that out. I was surprised by it but since the film begins in the battle and ends in the battle and it’s just a battle. It’s one gigantic sequence told in a very interesting way and the runtime. I think is perfect because if it had gone on any longer. I think would have outstayed its welcome, if it was any shorter there wouldn’t have been enough impact the impact of this movie emotionally doesn’t come from you going.
I hope that that person makes it out of this situation so, he can get home to his family. It comes from seeing this spectacle some might not like that it is about the spectacle the aerial dogfight sequences with Tom Hardy, whose eyeballs act very well in this film that poor. Guy is always going to wear a mask. I think and everything is going to have something over its face those dogfights are so riveting and so white-knuckled. Because they look authentic the planes don’t blow up in theatrical ways the gunfire does not look like movie gunfire. Everything about it just feels so scarily real that despite the fact that the characters aren’t really given much set up and this movie is 100% about this moment. I was riveted from seeing one. Because I felt like and was there Hans Zimmer score once again something he does with Nolan movies. It’s not so much melodical as it is almost sound design and am still playing these noises in my head. I will be purchasing the soundtrack and can’t wait to hear it again if you go into Dunkirk expecting a one two three four five straightforward narrative with characters with emotional arcs and big moments where they explode with incredible dialog . You’re not going to get that this movie as I said is very simplistic but it’s also highly realistic people die in war and sometimes people die alone terrified having no idea. What’s going on and does that person get an amazing arc or is someone there to tell them everything’s going to be okay not always and this film doesn’t shy away from showing that yes there’s not too much blood. It’s pg-13 there are no limbs flying around there’s no intense gruesome imagery.
But it’s the psychological impact on all the characters involved with this movie that make it so frightening. Because you’re witnessing characters who are so horrified by what they’re seeing or by what they feel could happen to them they are all desperately clawing to get out and the ones who are trying to go in to help you also feel for them the whole film captures . This event so beautifully that it’s tough to really pinpoint any magnificently huge flaws beyond the fact that the characters are lacking. I’m going to give Dunkirk and a excellent war films like Saving Private Ryan. Are about characters in a horrible situation ? They’re about seeing these people react to war Dunkirk is just about war and how horrific lis terrifying it can be when you’re stuck in the middle of it and it’s definitely worth seeing see it on the biggest screen you can.
Guys thank you so much as always for reading please do check out my previous Nolan reviews that I’ve done I have now reviewed all of his films on my blog there’s a playlist articles for that very soon and my next series is going to be Stephen King movies leading up to the Dark Tower and it. I have a ton of Stephen King reviews planned and can’t wait to do that for you guys – The Dukes Movies, you can read articles reviews : the best movies 2016.