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Best Review And Summary of Hollywood Movie Dunkirk 2017


Best Review And Summary of Hollywood Movie Dunkirk Movie 2017



“You can practically see it from here.”
“What?”
“Home.”

“Dunkirk” (2017):

When I first learned that Christopher Nolan’s next big project was going to be based on true events that occurred during World War II, I was about one-part intrigued and three-parts puzzled. Both Christopher, and in many instances his brother Jonathan, have made a name for themselves by taking already existing material like Batman, or their own original ideas, and creating dense layered stories (for better or worse) that slowly unravel piece-by-piece whilst still attempting to misdirect the audience until it's ready to expose its major revelatory hook. What that then says to me is that this time around, Christopher was more interested in focusing on a story already told in the history books and using his polished technical skills to present it in a way that has never been previously done. Let’s be honest, whether you’re a fan or not, the man does know how to create a breathtaking feature designed specifically for the IMAX screen, so yeah, why wouldn’t he take a stab at it using the plains of war as his canvas?

Before I jump into the review proper, I will say this – while I am a big fan of Nolan’s work, I will concede that he has been due for something great like the films “The Prestige”, “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, and “Inception” that elevated him up to his current status of Cinematic Jesus. “The Dark Knight Rises” back in 2012 was by-and-large a good movie, though he got a little too cute with the material that it ended up feeling flat as a trilogy sign-off; and “Interstellar”, while I applauded the scope of its ambition, took the issues of “Rises” and magnified them ten times over, turning the feature into something entirely too silly and pretentious, and trust me when I say I hate using that word to describe anything. This is what contributed to my intrigue that I mention earlier; “Dunkirk” as a subject is a far cry from anything Nolan has previously entertained, however, I was instantly curious how he would handle more simplified material.


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For a recap, “Dunkirk” is about the 400,000 British and French soldiers that become trapped on a narrow strip of beach in France after the Nazi invasion. Germany, not feeling the need to advance on the ground and risk troops, is using their ground forces instead to keep the British and French from retreating back inland while the Nazi aerial troops conduct flyovers and drop bombs and shower bullets on the unprotected souls waiting desperately for help to arrive and transport them to safety. A medical ship is already on site trying to get the wounded away from the beach with Navy vessels attempting to get in to acquire the soldiers still standing, however, the aerial assault of the Germans is proving to be a nuisance as they are successfully disabling all the ships and sinking them. To combat this issue, the Royal Air Force sends in the three fighter pilots to go in and take out the enemy’s aircraft long enough for the Navy and resident sailors from nearby called upon by Winston Churchill to get in and save as many lives as possible.

Now, trying to weave all these activities together into a feature film can be tricky from a time perspective, so in a somewhat clever way, Nolan wrote the narrative in such a way to help manipulate that by notifying the audience that the events on the beach covered the span of one week, the rescue boats from the point-of-view of the sailors covered one-day, and the aerial dogfight in the sky elapses during one-hour. As such, as the film weaves back and forth from each stage, it brings forward one “main” character from each of the three parts – Fionn Whitehead plays Tommy, a British Army private on the beach, Tom Hardy is a fighter pilot named Farrier, and Mark Rylance is a mariner named Mr. Dawson that assists with the rescue convoy and also picks up a stranded soldier in the sea along the way suffering from shell shock (Cillian Murphy). While the film does abundantly bounce around during the first half, the three segments do neatly begin to join in the Third Act once the most heated portion of the evacuation starts to get underway.

I will say right off the bat that “Dunkirk” is a hell of an intense film – varying degrees of it to be sure – that never relents. The story starts off in battle, ends in battle, and there is no down time in-between for drawn-out, introspective exposition; this is over one-hundred minutes of exhausted and horrified men trying their best to not die. See, one of the accusations against Nolan is that he can’t, or doesn’t care to, bring forth human emotion in his films, and there have been plenty of instances where I can see the merit in that claim, although he has been able to in the past when it was extremely necessary. “Dunkirk” is sure to dredge up some of the same negativity, and I will admit that the actors, for the most part, are rather stoic throughout; be that as it may, my follow-up question to that is, “Why wouldn’t they be?” This is a film taking place during one of the most intense scenarios of World War II in Europe, and I’m fairly certain if anybody stopped long enough to have a good cry, they die; if they stop long enough to have a profound conversation, they die; if they do anything other than keeping precise focus on the prize, they die, etc. I’m not suggesting there were not a few brief opportunities for Nolan and Co. to lend the characters some emotional gravity, particularly with Rylance, but I also feel the lack of emotion to be more historically accurate.


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In fact, that was a small piece of the whole that I ended up loving this movie, and how Nolan, despite his signature maneuvers, did not make this film feel Hollywood. What I mean by that is there are no over-the-top explosions, melodrama, or implausibility; he wanted the audience to feel like they were in the fire and, in my opinion, Nolan did an amazing of doing just that. To give you an example, as you can imagine, you get to see multiple ships get attacked and sunk throughout “Dunkirk”, and instead of showing only the ships go down from above and forcing you to imagine the perils of the soldiers trapped inside, Nolan gives the experience from the inside as the water comes crashing down in a wicked hurry. As a result of its effectiveness, I had a few instance of claustrophobia watching soldiers getting trapped under the water. Let’s just say the movie did not to lessen my fear of drowning.

While the performances are good and Nolan gives plenty to keep all eyes busy, the true hero of the day without a single doubt is Hans Zimmer’s score. Sure, I can imagine being entertained based on the events on the beach alone, but Zimmer takes the spectacle to boundless suspenseful heights with easily his best work on a Nolan film to date. I am sure there were a few instances when his production caused me to grip my seat for dear life and hold my breath at the same time. Of course, it’s not-so-easy to try and describe it on paper, though if Zimmer doesn’t get a nod for this film come Oscar season, I quit the Oscars.

Like I said before, Nolan does miss a few opportunities to add some character depth along the way, and while the circumstances alone should make audience invested in their fate, it does make some scenes come off as dry. Additionally, the pieces do turn out coming together fairly decently for the finale, although the editing does get a little spastic towards the end of Act Two, and I wouldn’t say it is enough to make you lose track, but it can get a little annoying for a spell.

Other than that, this project, to me, ending up being a safe albeit smart choice for Christopher Nolan as it caters directly to his strengths. The objective was to take audiences for a ride through a dire situation in what was a significant yet small slice of the WWII pie. The ending was especially poignant as well and really hammers a nail in the head of everything that happened. I don’t know where I would rank yet amongst his other projects, but this is one you should absolutely experience in the theater at least once. Highly recommended.

“Dunkirk” 9/10

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