Today’ s Film Talk is on Dunkirk. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan and with an all star cast including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Anuerin Barnard and Harry Styles.
Dunkirk tells the story of the allied soldiers from the British Empire, France and Belgium that were stranded at Dunkirk surrounded by German soldiers and their evacuation from the beach during World War II.
I LOVED this movie! I was a bit late seeing Dunkirk and only saw it last Saturday and I think by that time the film had been out for three or four weeks. It has everything (and more) that you would hope for with a war film and the hype it received in the build up to its release.
Dunkirk is Different
The movie was really different to what I was expecting. Did you find that?
There really was minimal talking and the movie relied on the actors acting and set to tell the story. Dunkirk was also filmed in such a way that you feel like you are physically there and present in the movie. I know it sounds strange but yo really do. We, the audience, end up feeling some of the feelings the characters feel and I even found myself believing I was living it. Because of this we find ourselves feeling the soldiers frustration, pain and fear. It was almost as though the movie was being shot from a persons point-of-view. As if the camera was a person. It wasn’t quite first person shooting but very borderline.
What I also wasn’t expecting was the movie was literally just Dunkirk. That’s it. Not the usual ‘let’s tell the full story and show both sides of the picture and flip between the soldiers stranded on the beach to seeing the efforts being made to rescue them from England or depicting the German troops and their plans. You just see the beach, the efforts and lengths they go to get off the beach, the Royal Air Force attempting to keep the German Bombers at bay and the great lengths civilians went to save the lives of the men trapped on that beach.
Dunkirk Is Historically Accurate
For the most part. As a history geek and a movie buff this movie is like a dream come true. Dates, situations, locations and most of what happened is accurate. 400,000 men were stranded on that beach and an estimated 338,000 were rescued under unbelievable circumstances. The characters in the movie and the actual events being depicted happening are the work of fiction but they are based on fact. The men were desperate to get off the beach, their ships were getting bombed and sinking, the Royal Air Force were under tremendous pressure to hold off the German fighter planes and the Navy did in fact use civilian vessels to get the men off the beach. So all fact but told in a fictitious and entertaining way.
Most of the movie was even filmed on location at Dunkirk!
Overall Dunkirk is fantastic and my film maker self is dying on the inside for not being a part of the making of it. This really is a must see not only for fans of war films but also just fans of movies. Of good, ENGAGING, movies. It’s storytelling in a way that has never been done before and it really is effective. The acting, the cinematography, the directing, the set, everything works together to create an amazing piece of art. You will come away from the movie feeling like you’ve run a marathon or gone to war. Dunkirk is relentless and you feel the stress and pressure of the characters situation but that’s what movies are all about right?
I would love to hear what you thought of Dunkirk? Did it live up to expectation? Did you enjoy it? Lets start a conversion in the comments below!