Review: Dunkirk (2017)

“Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?”
– Mr Dawson

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via IMDB

So I went to see this in IMAX when it came out (I know, taking my sweet time to churn out reviews, but we are only just starting to settle in). First IMAX in years, and the first experience ever for my husband, and it was well worth it. I have been waiting for this for quite some time, because Nolan in a cinematic master who can do no wrong in my eyes. I was so excited to see his take o a war movie, and I was rewarded, greatly so.

Dunkirk is visually stunning. Every scene is masterfully crafted, and looks amazing. The fact that more practical effects were used over CGI again shows that practical is the way to go. It gives a sense of realism. I also appreciated how young the soldiers were, because it accurately depicts that they were essentially kids, trapped on a beach waiting for help, a doomed hope by all accounts. The movie does not mess around in terms of making you feel the plight of these men, and it is a heavy ordeal, one you are wholly and totally sucked into visually and with some phenomenal scoring. The performances all round were impressive, and even Styles brought the goods to the table, something I was so suspect about after his casting was announced.

The movie has three divisions, beach, sea, air, and they all take place at different times, ultimately coming together to tie the story up, and I think that was crafted and handled very well. Tom Hardy again demonstrates that he can out-act the best of them with just his eyes, and Jack Lowden was excellent as Collins, his scene of being stuck in a sinking jet something that is haunting and gets under the skin, something that lingers. Cillian Murphy has one extremely damaged character, and your heart just breaks for him, no matter what happens. Branagh is stoic and crushed, and you feel for them.

I felt that the movie was a little distant though, and the coldness worked for it in places, and worked against it in others. The only real characters that brought some form of heart, something for you to attach to, was Mr Dawson, Peter, and George. Like really, that was sad. Not that the plight of the soldiers, trapped like helpless rats, was not bad. That gets to you, and is hopeless and claustrophobic. It is heavy, and it is scary, and the minimal dialogue runs home the bleak situation, and Hans Zimmer again delivers a most perfect score. It really takes the movie experience to a whole new level. It’s all painful, and it sticks, but all these stories don’t have any real backing. Now this works to show you that these guys could be anyone, absolutely anyone, but because you don’t ever really attach to them, invest in them, they are just desperate men trying to get home, and that is where there is also a drawback.

While Dunkirk was masterfully crafted, visually stunning, contained solid performances and had an absolutely brilliant score, I do feel that it was just a bit flat in the sense that you don’t connect with it like you would hope. It is well worth a watch, and as I said, masterfully crafted and definitely something worth tripping out to the cinema for.

9 thoughts on “Review: Dunkirk (2017)

  1. Great review bestie! Glad to see you getting back in to the swing of things here. Dunkirk was great, and I agree with you on the some cold parts comments. The story of Dunkirk is so amazing that it should have been a hell of a punch.

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    1. Yeah, taking my time but I am getting back into the swing of things. I am glad we are in agreement and both got to see this 😀 Definitely worth watching, and something I will be adding to my collection when it arrives.


  2. Agreed, great review! 🙂 Dunkirk was a stunning masterwork, especially in IMAX. I felt that it worked more as a filmic war experience, than a character-driven narrative. Either way, it is definitely one of my favourite films this year!

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  3. Interesting review. I kinda liked that we didn’t really connect with anyone, for me it somehow heightened the tension – I think due to the scale of people involved. But I can certainly see where you are coming from.

    That said though, whenever I see a movie now, I always end up walking out thinking “well it was good, but it wasn’t no Dunkirk!’ ;P

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    1. Yeah, it worked like that, like these guys could be anyone, but it also made for a cold experience because you never really connected with any of them.

      Hahahaha! I am pleased to see you enjoyed it so much!

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      1. I saw Atomic Blonde. No Dunkirk 😛

        Yeah I definitely see what you are saying. Though for me the relentless tension made not knowing the characters not noticeable, both times I saw it. I like to look at it as in, its a war, with countless soldiers. I kinda liked that there was no real lead. That’s just me obviously! Glad you still enjoyed the flick, its hard not to imo!!

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