Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s WWII movie is a visceral experience that film aficionados will not want to let go. At Film Comments, we take a look at some of the finer points of Dunkirk in the Dunkirk film review.
Stranded on Dunkirk beach, the English and French soldiers await their fate. Brave civilians are their only hope if they have to survive the enemy.
As you watch Dunkirk, two things strike you, the haunting soundtrack and the devastatingly beautiful framing of every shot, particularly the beach shots. Both of these combined do not let your mind stray for the course of the film’s runtime.
Although Dunkirk is not about any particular character, you cannot help but feel their pain and anguish. The movie is about the event, and it never loses that primary focus. You are always thinking about the evacuation of the soldiers rather than any single character in the film.
Dunkirk will not go down well with people who are fans of bloody war movies. In this one there isn’t much blood. Every scene carries a lot of soulfulness and depth, but that is built up by the melancholic sound and precise shots with actors doing their job effectively.
The actors are secondary in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. They never overpower the scene. Tom Hardy as the fighter jet pilot has his face covered during much of the film. He does his role splendidly with his eyes saying a lot.
If you like films based on real events and accompanied by a hard-hitting soundtrack, Dunkirk is most definitely for you. On the other hand, if you prefer character-driven movies this one might not be your cup of tea.
In any case, Dunkirk is a powerful film and most certainly deserves a viewing. Christopher Nolan’s ingenious directing will leave most movie buffs taking away something from this one.
Dunkirk film review gives Dunkirk 3.5 out of 5.
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