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Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | | ActionDramaHistory | 21 July 2017 (USA)
8.6/10

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Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Initial Thoughts:
Ahh Christopher Nolan, he’s done so many great movies (and is the only director to EVER do Batman right for me) and as this is his first non-fiction movie, I was sure to go. I’ll saw right away that this should be seen in IMAX or at least 3D, I regret seeing in 2D but on with the review.
Main Points:
For a movie about war this film takes an interesting approach. We get to see fighting on the land, sea and air. There is, however, a twist, each part of the battle takes places at a different rate of time with some parts catching up to what we see on the land. It’s a little Pulp Fiction/Taraninto style and I loved it.
This is not a movie about acting, while there are some nice performance by Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy, this is really a movie just about scenery, plot, action and tension. The scenery is just amazing, the long shots of the ocean, the sky and the beaches. So of the best aerial fighting I’ve seen in a movie and some great moments of terror on the ocean.
Being something of a WWII buff I knew about Dunkirk but it’s a great story none the less, a story where it should have been an utter catastrophe and a major turning point in the war (for the worse) was turned into a rallying point. At under two hours the story never felt dragged out and while I knew the ending there are still some surprises along the way that I wasn’t expecting.
It shows the horror of war and the insanity of it along with what we now call PTSD and incredible acts of heroics along with fear and cowardice. From what I know this is very close to what actually happened and another excellent film by Nolan.
Final Thoughts:
I loved this movie, do yourself a favor and see this in theaters before it’s gone. For graphic violence and language please no kids, ages 17+. Nolan shows once again why he is one of the best directors alive today. A solid 8.5 out of 10 and a strong recommendation from me, while it’s minor there were some shots that lingered a little too long and a scene in the hull of a boat that could have been tightened up.