Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Tom Hardy Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles and Mark Rylance
“A Bold and Captivating Story of Survival told in the most Realistic Way”
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan returns to the spotlight with his latest project “Dunkirk”, which captures the true story of the evacuation of 400,000 allied soldiers who are surrounded by the German army during the Second World War in Dunkirk, France. The story is told from three different perspectives, the land (The Mole), the Sea and the Air .These are the same distinct locations in which World War II was fought.
It’s fair to say few directors receive a grand spectacle on their new releases, Nolan is one of the few who makes the world stop and take another look. Well, with films like this we simply have no choice but to do exactly that. Dunkirk is the reason why we go to the Cinema.
As mentioned earlier, the film is told from three different perspectives. All three are told in a disrupted narrative in order for us the audience to experience what it must have been like to be Soldier on land, a pilot in the air and a sailor at sea. The film bounces across all three narratives which could be a tad bit confusing if you’re seeing it for the first time.
Another key element is the aesthetics, everything looks and feels real. The film is shot in the exact location that the battle of Dunkirk occurred in and Nolan also uses real ships and planes which add to the authenticity of the story. In addition, 70 % of the film is shot with IMAX cameras and it looks gorgeous, if you can it is highly recommended you see it in IMAX. Really, from start to finish, this film is fascinating to see, including Hans Zimmer’s powerful musical score.
Up to this point, not much has been said about the characters and there’s a good reason for that. The characters barely have any development, if so it’s very minimal. Nolan deliberately does this by choosing the actual event as the centerpiece instead of the characters. It would have been a nice touch to have an emotional attachment to at least one of the characters, but that does not deter from the overall quality of the film.
This is a bold, captivating story of survival told in the most realistic way with respect for the history and a degree of intensity. You can check out my review of War for the Planet of the Apes here.