In September 1st, 1939, under the orders of Adolf Hitler, Germany invaded Poland, this began a global conflict involving Allied Countries & Axis Countries, thus World War II was born. One year later, 40,000 Soldiers of The British Army were attempting to escape by using a Naval Ship, in order to evacuate from the enemy, however, most of them were overwhelmed and some barley made it out alive. Five years later, Hitler killed himself, Japan launched two atomic bombs in the cities of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, survivors of The Holocaust were free, many soldiers risked their lives to serve their respective country, close friends, and loved ones.
Decades later, “The English Channel” Christopher Nolan (my favorite filmmaker of all time) and his future wife Emma Thomas went on a date together across “The English Channel” where Dunkirk is located. Inside Nolan’s head, a “Brainblast”occurred. (Brainblast is a Jimmy Neutron reference)
After a romantic day, Chris wrote a 70 page screenplay based on The Dunkirk Evacuation. An unknown A-lister at the time, Chris decided to postpone his project because he didn’t have enough experience to direct an Epic Blockbuster. As a result he had to learn by starting small by filming his first film called “Following,” to directing his Space Epic “Interstellar.” Sometimes we all gotta start somewhere when it comes to complicated storytelling.
Storytelling needs to grow in five stages. Number 1, it starts with a fetus, Number 2, a newborn baby, Number 3, a pre-adolescent child, Number 4, a teenager showing changes in his/her body, and Number 5, a fully grown adult now older and wiser. This means Chris is now Number 5, the most advanced level of storytelling. After “Interstellar” was released in 2014, Chris went back to work on his postponed project. It took him three years to find a decent cast, scouting locations, editing, and distributing the final product.
Dunkirk came out on July 21st, 2017. Which is two days before my birthday. Critics are calling this picture an Oscar contender. Is it a masterpiece like Chris previous nine films? Let’s find out shall we?
This article doesn’t contain any SPOILERS. Feel free to read it if you haven’t got a chance to see it.
Pros & Cons
Pros: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh did a fantastic job for their performances, and Harry Styles, yep the Harry Styles from One Direction, was surprisingly decent. His performance is similar to Lady Gaga on “American Horror Story: Hotel,” because she won a Golden Globe for her unexpected talent as an actress, not a model for GQ Magazine.
Fun Fact: This isn’t the first time Tom Hardy participated in a World War II related project, he worked on an HBO mini-series called “Band Of Brothers” produced by Tom Hanks.
Christopher Nolan did an excellent job directing the film. He also wrote the script.
The Film is told in Three Perspectives focusing on The Air, The Sea & The Ground all involving an ensemble cast of characters.
The Action Sequences were nonstop like an amusement ride at Six Flags. It’s not pretentious like a Michael Bay movie.
Practical Effects were heavily used including real battleships for Action Sequences. Chris is notorious for limiting Computer Animation.
Cinematography felt realistic. Shaky Cam was used effectively on navy ships, boats and planes. Makes you feel like you’re in the movie.
Musical Score is orchestrated by Hans Zimmer matched The Tone.
History Accuracy was authentic. Chris carefully did a lot of research on The Dunkirk Evacuation and the locations to shoot the project.
The Set Pieces were spot on and not constructed by C.G.I. Again, Chris doesn’t like computer animation.
Unlike most War Movies which is about fighting in combat, this film is identified as a Survival Epic with the war set as an unstoppable force you can’t escape, kinda like a hurricane or deadly cyclone.
The Story is mostly told in action with dialogue occasionally used if necessary for specific Plot Points. I guess Nolan must’ve been watching Clint Eastwood’s character “The Man With No Name” from “The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly” because his character speaks rarely and the action speaks for itself.
Michael Caine has a voice only cameo. He’s Mr. Nolan’s good luck charm after all.
Cons: The Main Characters’ names/backstories are never given or mentioned, except for Rylance’s character Mr. Dawson. However, I’m not gonna give it a negative point, because the characters represent an Everyman/Average Joe caught in the middle of a conflict in which he must survive to make it out alive. For example, Clint Eastwood’s role in “The Dollars Trilogy” is only given an alias in each film like Blondie and he’s a man of mystery.
The Final Verdict: A FOR APEX!
Mr. Nolan has done it again, he made another smash hit since Interstellar. If you don’t have anything to do during the weekend, I strongly recommend this feature film. Well what are you waiting for, get off your tushies and support this film pronto! Trust me you’re gonna have a fun ride!
Dunkirk is now one of my favorite films of 2017 next to “Logan,” “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Lego Batman Movie” and Wonder Woman.
R.I.P. to the soldiers for serving our country along with many Allied countries for their bravery, sacrifice and fighting for our freedom, close friends, and loved ones. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, your legacy will live on.