Chris’ Movie Review
Rating: 10/10 (Excellent)
Recommendation: Blu-Ray It
Oh man, this review is late. Normally, I get these out before the next week starts but I had no time to hit a theater till now. That’s trucking though. You can’t always get what you want. But the real question is, was this film worth a 3 mile walk to see?
Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead (Tommy), Tom Glynn-Carney (Peter), Jack Lowden (Collins), Tom Hardy (Farrier), and Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson).
Thousands upon thousands of troops are cut off from being saved. The German army, along with their Air Force, are closing in fast. The evacuation for the British and French is failing. There seems to be no hope left in sight.
Dunkirk is a movie with no main characters but yet, it’s full of main characters. Every person represented is a valuable asset to the war and the way we live today. It may sound cliche but from the bottom of my, and everyone the appreciates their sacrifice, heart thank you. We wouldn’t be able to do the things we do today without you.
For starters, Dunkirk is a visually stunning looking film. Christopher Nolan is the director and he just knows what he’s doing when it comes to making movies look gorgeous on screen. He takes every shot and places it so that we feel like we’re in the moment. The intensity level is brought up to a 10, when needed, and dropped down for those quiet moments when the soldiers finally have a minute to breathe. As an audience, we feel each and every moment ring out. It’s just brilliant.
The sound of the movie is loud, but very engaging. Theaters should give out optional ear plugs for these screenings because the sound is directed right into your ear and there’s nothing around to dampen it’s ear piercing ring. Now, with that being said, this really works in favor of the film.
The loudness of the movie brings you into the scenes. Yes, it can be over the top, but the high volume let’s you experience the moment as if you’re a solider on the beach. The film emerses you into every scene with it’s visuals and sound and you can’t help but feel nervous/anixous in these moments. A lot of directors may try this technique but I don’t think more than a handfull could pull this off with such conviction and quality.
If I have to nitpick, I’d target the lack of an actual main character. The movie focuses on three different stories, and it has people that you follow, but they barely say a word. And when they do, it’s all about the war. There’s no backstory, development, et certera. Now this can turn some viewers off because you can’t become attached to one particular individual but you’re not supposed too.
The point of the film is to get you to feel the emotion of the men on the beach, boats, and planes as a whole. You’re supposed to relate to their pain and feeling of dread that they’re never going to get out of this horrible situation alive. And if you don’t, that’s perfectly fine. It’s hard to attach yourself to thousands of men’s fears. But open your mind and give it a shot. You may be extremely surprised how emotional you may become during the movie.
The last little nit pick is the three plot points. These stories all intertwine with each other but they’re told at different times and perspectives. As long as you follow along, you should be fine. There’s nothing that’s truly confusing about these plots but you can feel a little lost at first, if you happen to a miss scene transition.
Dunkirk is a movie that made the person next me say “That was really good.” She was very much engaged and even leaned into the screen to focus her attention even more. The last time I witnessed that level of engagement was last year when I saw The Shallows.
You may have also noticed that I didn’t say a whole bunch about the positives either and, I’ll be honest, there isn’t much too say. This film is an experience. You’re more or less meant to sit and just watch what comes on screen. The movie is a ride and it banks on more of the visuals rather than story and characters.
If you’re into a visual based movie, then this should be right up your alley. If not, then it’s still recommended to see this film at least once but it’ll be understandable if you don’t fully connect with it.
The three story plot can be a little confusing, at first. There isn’t a main character. And the loudness can be a little much at times. But the film looks beautiful. Christopher Nolan creates a gorgeous but haunting atmosphere. And there’s a hidden emotional rollercoaster that comes to light as the movie progresses into it’s final acts.
Dunkirk might be one of those films you may only watch once but it’s worth every penny to see another great war film on screen. (And from I heard, this movie is better suited for IMax. So if you’re near a theater that is showing it on one of those screens, go check it out and let me know how it goes.)
As usual, thanks for reading!