An exhilarating experience from start to finish, Dunkirk immerses you into the midst of war!
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Barry Keoghan, James D’Arcy, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden
Genre: Action, History, Drama
Dunkirk is undoubtedly one of Christopher Nolan’s greatest directorial efforts. It is clearly inspired by war epics like ‘Saving Private Ryan’ but also has its own unique style. The cinematography, direction, and musical score combine to give a very intense and engaging war film which is certainly one of the most prominent entries in this genre over the past few years.
The film is set in 1940, during the fall of France, during World War II. Hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers have retreated to Dunkirk and are in a very difficult situation as they are being surrounded by their ‘enemies’, the Germans. There is no hope for them to fight the Germans. The only thing they can do is escape. This ‘escape mission’ is the core part of the film’s narrative; the attempts of the Allied soldiers to get out of Dunkirk and the subsequent attacks on them by the opposition.
The unique aspect of Dunkirk is that it is presented from various perspectives. We witness all the chaos and horrors of the war on land, water and in the air. The stories follow different characters in each of these places. The movies continuously alternates between these perspectives. The result of this erratic storytelling technique is an experience that gives us a well-rounded view of the whole situation.
The whole setting and atmosphere of the film are meticulously crafted! Some of the imagery is so stunning that it is bound to leave you in awe. Hans Zimmer’s musical score really builds up the tension and elevates the intensity of the visuals. Dunkirk is a film that doesn’t have a lot of dialogue. The imagery and action do most of the ‘talking’.
Another unique thing about the movie is that there is not just a single protagonist. We witness the story from the point of view of various characters. The movie switches between the characters so frequently that we do not get sufficient time to emotionally connect with a single one. Moreover, there is not much ‘writing’ in the film, quantity wise. It is raw, direct and solely focused on the attempts of the characters to survive, attack, etc. But the outstanding direction makes the most of the minimalistic script and at the end of the day, the movie works because of that.
Overall, Dunkirk is a film that puts you right into the chaos of the Battle of Dunkirk. It is an intense ride that refuses to be neglected!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Written By: Shahzad Virani
Co-written by: Komal Virani