Review: Dunkirk

17 Aug 2017

Being a terrible blogger, I saw this over a week ago and have only got around to posting my thoughts on it now, oops.

When the teaser trailer came out for this a while back, it looked interesting, but didn't know if it would be something I'd actually go and watch. Once it was released, I started to hear great things about it, and people talking about how it was the best film they've seen in a long time, wiping tears away. One day recently I met a man whose wife told me he was there, and was intrigued to watch the film to see if the boat he was on, which got hit, would be represented in the film. He was 100 years old, and I was so surprised! It was fascinating to have met him, if only briefly.

Interstellar, The Dark Knight and Inception are films I've enjoyed, so I was intrigued to see if Dunkirk would be another work of Chris Nolan's that I would like.

There are three different timelines that we follow. Those in the air (an hour), civilians travelling over (a day) and those on the beach (a week). Throughout the film, it flits between them, so sometimes you do get a little confused as to where or what is going on for a moment. But it's a good idea. You get to see it unfold in a slightly strange, chronological way. Personally, I like the fact we don't get to know too much about any of the characters - even the main character, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) The story just begins and we are right in the action.

If you are prone to headaches, I'd say to steer away from watching this until it's out on DVD, because there are only few moments where there is any kind of silence. You are sat there, waiting for a gun shot, an explosion or a plane...and if that's not filling the room, then it's the ticking of a clock. 

Although you don't know much about the characters, you want them to survive. You don't want them to lose their lives so near, yet so far from home because they are stuck on the sands of Dunkirk, waiting for boats to arrive. 

Of course, we get to see the horrors of events like this. Soldiers are standing there on the beach, or on a boat as it leaves, when the enemy would drop bombs from the skies. There was one moment near the beginning that really struck me. The beach is bombed, and you see a lot of the soldiers get up, but there are those who haven't survived, and it kind of starts to sink in just how horrible war is. Whilst it was a stunning film, it made me sad that those with power seem to think war is the answer. We don't see said people who are in 'power', but you don't need to. Just like we don't need to see the enemy up close. We never see them. They are faceless. Nameless. And that's what war is to an extent isn't it? Those going into it don't know who they are killing, they are just fighting against the enemy - fighting for their country.

For me, it's one of those films like La La Land...really hyped up, and yes, to an extent the hype is correct. I liked it, and would probably watch again for the cinematography, and soundtrack.

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