Christopher Nolan

Dunkirk

#THE GIST

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

#action     #drama     #history     #war    

#REVIEWS

@Liam

I have been looking forward to seeing "Dunkirk" ever since the first trailer hit the internet, though I was not sure what to expect. I have seen more than one war movie in my days and your run of the mill war movie is rarely very exciting. However, "Dunkirk" is nothing like I have seen before in this genre. It doesn't have any blood, gore or mindless action, but due to it's clever use of music and camera angles you are nailed to your seat from start to finish. A little more about that music, it is great and just right for the film. Furthermore, the story takes a very different approach than the standard war movie out there and it's smart use of time helps to keep you glued to the screen. The only thing some viewers might not like about it is the shallow character development, although I personally did not have any problem relating to the characters because of the way they are portrayed within the story and context. In the end, I believe "Dunkirk" is truly one of the best war films out there and you should most definitely watch it, preferably on the big screen.

#masterpiece 5.0

@Jari

"Dunkirk" is the latest movie from director Christopher Nolan and for many including me, thats something to look forward to. While his recent movies haven been disappointments in my book, I still had high hopes he would do this important WW2 event justice. Thankfully, he pulled himself together and made not only a great WW2 movie but one of his best movies in general. One of the first standouts to me was the nonlinear structure of the film. This can be a bit confusing at first but in the end, it creates more rewatchability and a more satisfying viewing experience since you actually have to think about whats being presented on the screen. All the beautiful cinematography went amazingly well with the score that Hans Zimmer composed. I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of his work and that I do find him overrated but this time he knocked it out of the park. All the actors - yes, even Harry Styles surprisingly - gave us a great performance thats very realistic and believable. My only gripe with this movie is the lack of character development, I get that they tried to honor the unknown heroes of war but it's still something I had to mention. Overall, "Dunkirk" is one of the most refreshing war movies in recent memory and should not be missed by anyone.

#exceptional 4.5

@Conclusion

As a relatively young director, Christopher Nolan already has quite an impressive filmography, even though some may say his recent work has been slightly disappointing. "Dunkirk" however might just be a whole different story as it joins some of his best works. By incorporating a non-traditional story structure he turned this war story into something unique. Although, the non-linear nature of the story can be slightly confusing at first, it will most likely keep you clinged to the screen and you will definitely want to watch it again. What makes "Dunkirk" even more intense are the use of soundtrack and cinematography. The music, which is composed by Hans Zimmer, works amazingly well with all the action by bringing a constant feel of tension and time pressure. Combine this with the very personal camera angles and you feel as though you are right there with all those stranded soldiers waiting for liberation. What's more, where a lot of war movies rely on action and gore to create tension, "Dunkirk" has none of that and just relies on empathy. What might be off putting to some is the lack of character development, but this is a deliberate decision and we personally felt no need for it. Furthermore, the lack of dialogue gave the actors the opportunity to focus on expression and silent emotion, resulting in some great performances from the cast. Overall, "Dunkirk" is not a movie you should miss out on as it might just be one of the best movies of 2017.

#masterpiece 5.0