Christopher Nolan’s newest film Dunkirk has received critical acclaim for his depiction of the Dunkirk evacuation. Given that his previous films like The Dark Knight Trilogy and most recently Interstellar were both huge successes, the bar for Dunkirk has been set high.
This time around he chose to base his film during the early stages of the second world war. The film began with a brief description of who the enemy, the Germans, and how allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France are hoping for a miracle and a way back home. Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) is the first to appear as he is running away from the Germans and throughout the rest of the film is looking for the fastest way home. Alongside him is Gibson (Aneurin Barnard) and Alex (Harry Styles). Beside the events going on in Dunkirk, viewers were also able to see from Farrier’s (Tom Hardy) point of view as an air force pilot trying to protect those on land and at sea from oncoming bombers and Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) a sailor who sails to Dunkirk to help bring soldiers home.
Everything about this film looked amazing I’ll give it that much, the musical score mixed in with the setting was perfect. It set the tone for the movie and left me on edge the whole time. There was not a single moment where it wasn’t intense, especially when no one was sure when the Germans would make their next move. Even though the sound of bombs landing everywhere were sometimes a bit painful to my ears I get that in a way it was meant to have that effect so the audience can get a sense of what war was like.
On the other hand, the characters were a bit of a letdown for me, I expected more from them besides the obvious fact that they wanted to get home and that they are suffering. The audience is lucky enough to even get the soldiers names, but there is no back story to them. We’re not told if they have families waiting for them back home or given too much on what kind of people they are. As for Farrier and Mr. Dawson, all that’s given are the basics, but I did feel more for Tom Hardy’s character more than the rest, he worked hard to help protect as many as he could up until his plane lands.
I personally feel that for this kind of movie more information should have been given. Those who may go to see Dunkirk may know nothing about its history and may not grasp the concept of the film. Overall, this movie would be amazing for those who love war time films and for history buffs. But if you’re just one of those who are just looking to see Harry Styles on the big screen like most of the people I witnessed at the premiere were or just really not into war-time films then Dunkirk is obviously not for you.