Brilliant, intense, great cinematography, fantastic execution, etc… These are just some of the words used by major international movie critics to describe Dunkirk – the movie in focus today. Directed and overseen by my favourite movie producer/director of all time, Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk is another masterpiece produced by one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Nolan’s other previous movie exploits include The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception (my favourite movie of all time), interstellar, The Prestige, Memento and much more.
Going a step further, the guys at Rotten Tomatoes describe Dunkirk as being a movie that “serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble cast that honors the fact-based story.”
Quite an intro that and with all that said, bias was always going to be a danger in properly critiquing this particular movie. I can assure you though that I safely and successfully put the massive fan in me behind, and let the reviewer instead to take the front seat.
So, is this movie special? And if so, just how special is it? Is it another masterpiece that will go down in history as being a classic?
Cast – Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance & Tom Hardy
Director – Christopher Nolan
Genre – Drama film/Thriller
Running Time – 2 hours
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
OK, so the plot might not be enough to excite one too much however a classic movie fan knows that that’s sometimes not enough to properly gauge the potential of any given movie. If indeed that wasn’t enough to convince you, maybe the below will:
Dunkirk is the type of movie which we haven’t seen in a good while, it’s unlike anything that has come out of late. The cinematography of it is amazing and something that we need to see more of I reckon. That’s something you can associate with every Nolan movie, it’s unexplainable but he always gets it right with the perfect blend between the content and visuals. And no, I’m not saying this out of bias or anything like that, it’s a point that many agree on. If you don’t believe me then be sure to do some research on the man, his movies and what’s been said about them. Dunkirk is another representation of his brilliance and firmly affirms why he is one of the great storytellers of our generation.
Despite all of that though, a part of me feels like Dunkirk won’t be for everyone. It takes a certain type of individual to watch a movie like that from start to finish uninterrupted. It’s very intense and has the ability of literally making one feel what it was like to be a soldier in the 1940s. The nonstop intensity might be too much for some to endure. There’s also no need to mention one particular standout performer in the movie as it’s set up in such a manner that no one really is the main focus, another great thing that’s rarely seen in most movies nowadays. All the performances are fantastic throughout the cast.
There’s so much more one could say about it but it’s probably better to make up your mind instead. To me it’s not quite a classic but is a special movie that will be remembered for the right reasons when mentioned. Definitely ranks highly in my list of top movies for the year, and that’s why Dunkirk gets a fantastic 4.4 out 5 rating from me. It’s out in cinemas today, go watch it!
Huge thanks to the guys at Fortress of Solitude for the invite to a great screening!