A movie that must be seen in theaters
This movie is Chris Nolan's masterpiece. It's absolutely beautiful and has such a great plot line. Every second that goes by the film gets more and more tense as the 400000 brits are anxiously trying to escape the german advance. The movie's lack of dialogue also contributes to this feeling of tension. Nothing is really said about the kids on the beach, or the background becuase we know already. We know these kids have families, we know they could die at any sencond. The effects are almost all practical and they look incredible. It almost seems unreal becuase of some of the things they did (i wont say in case you havent seen it).
The music is so well done and extremely well implemented. It really delivers a feeling of anxiety and tension as the movie goes on.
The only problem I really had with the film was the aspect ratio changing. Chris Nolan always uses Imax cameras for wide shots and normal cameras for normal shots and the aspect ratio is constantly changing, but it's not too distracting.
This movie really only works on a big screen with loud speakers however. Rewatching it on my 36" tv really took away from the experience but it's still fantastic.
Fri Sep 25 2020
I've read other reviews and all they are doing is nitpicking the basic movie bloopers such as the shipping cranes along the beach. The Battle of Dunkirk was a horrible ordeal when France was taken over by Nazi Germany and the British needed to get their troops back to the island. Yes, they only showed 3 Supermarine Spitfires flying throughout the movie and left out the Hurricanes that also helped, but there are roughly 113 Spitfires left. The factories were making them as fast as possible but keeping them on the island in preparation for the Battle of Britain which occurred in June 1940.
Honestly, I can continue and entire history lesson on Dunkirk and Britain since it IS my research field. I think Nolan did a good enough job expressing the anguish each level of soldier faced by not including much verbal communication. War is not a time to be a chatty Cathy. All Brits are amazing at queuing so yes, showing the soldiers in lines is what they did.
Every "weekend sailor" vessel was commandeered by the Royal Navy in order to rescue as many troops as possible. Yes, the Luftwaffe harassed them along the beach, I mean, that's all they knew how to do.
You can not compare war movies from various eras either. Plus, the cast was used specifically to target non British markets. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Brenaugh and Harry Styles are popular names in America, but in Britain, they would have watched this movie even if new and inexperienced nobody's were in it.
Before you watch it, please research the topic. No movie will be perfect and 100% factual but Nolan did a pretty good job in my opinion.
All the Brits I know love this movie, as do I and I am an American, but a British maritime and world wars historian.
Fri Sep 25 2020
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL,BRILLIANT & A MASTERPIECE
I loved "Dunkirk" & i nearly wasn't sure about giving this a try as i thought it would be another really over long boring epic but it wasn't at all, i mean it's Epic in nature as it's about the real battle at Dunkirk so it's all based on real events but it's running time was under 2hrs which is rare for a war based film & rare for a Christopher Nolan film. I liked how the movie is framed by three stories going on at the time of Dunkirk, we get a Land, Sea & Air story that all gradually meet as one & it's all told so intensely & exciting as well as dramatic & often scary.
The look of this great film is beautiful & moody & the score is excellent & like a distant siren & eerie heartbeat that's always there as a symbol of danger is constantly there & no where feels safe thanks to the brilliant Hans Zimmer, also the movie moves at a good pace & feels like a survival Thriller set in war time.
The cast was great without having too many characters that often weighs everything down, no here we have a few main faces that we follow around in the interlinked stories but none are over dramatized, we got Tom Hardy as a Pilot always in the sky battling the enemy & pop singer Harry Styles is very good in his first ever movie role & debut role is of a surviving young soldier just simply trying to stay alive amongst the chaos & there's the only kind of main character in the movie another young scared soldier who we follow from the very beginning & who teams up with good young french soldier & Harry styles soldier & they become a trio of keep moving soldiers, that main kid is "Tommy" played greatly by newcomer Fionn Whitehead & Harry's guy is called "Alex" there's also a shivering shell shocked survivor played by Cillian Murphy so there's a good solid British cast.
Christopher Nolan is a brilliant director as we already know but i think his WW2 survival Drama "Dunkirk" could be his best!!!
The atmosphere & mood is always kept very tense & almost creepy & danger always feels close by, at times almost as if "John Carpenter" directed a War Film & that's a big compliment!!!
Fri Sep 25 2020