review by Bobby Blakey
I am a huge fan of all things Christopher Nolan and from the first time I saw the trailer for his latest film Dunkirk I was hooked. I knew of the story, but didn’t know much about the actual history. The film features a great cast including Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Will Attenbourough, and Cillian Murphy, but does it capture the intensity of this situation or will it sink before it can swim?
Dunkirk follows the evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II. I wasn’t sure how Nolan was going to handle this story, but I was blown away with what he did. Due to the way the history played out the story is broken into three segments that intertwine to create one cohesive story. One of the most impressive aspects of this film is that there is very little dialogue and Nolan has the story be told through the battles and situations these poor men faced. To pull something like this these parts of the film have to be big and impactful and they are just that. It feels like you are right there in the battle with them and you never feel the need for them to force the information verbally down your throat as it is really clear to what is going down and it is horrific.
The entire film is beautifully shot with the most impressive being that of the air combat dog fights. I loved the change up of angles and the feeling of being in the cockpit as they circle and fight for survival. There are some pretty stressful moments throughout the entire film including shots from every aspect of land, sea and air. If you are someone that fears drowning or being burned then be warned as this film pulls no punches and brings the harsh reality of war to life without being overly graphic. This story is so sad on many levels and the cast do a great job to really making you believe in their pain and suffering without it forcing it down your throat. There are no Hollywood heroic moments only the harsh realities of a time in history that was not something anyone should have had to endure.
It is saying a lot, but I must agree with some of the other reviews out there that this might be Nolan’s best film to date. The insanely awesome score from the always amazing Hans Zimmer just adds to the effect of it all with an almost deafening impact. This is a film that should be seen on the biggest screen possible with the best sound, but even more so just because it is a piece of brilliant filmmaking.
In addition to the film this release also includes numerous bonus featurettes that take you further behind bringing this epic to powerful life. Join the fight to protect their home with Dunkirk available now on Digital HD and then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on December 19th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.