In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.
Christopher Nolan’s newest film is here and it’s much different than anything he has done before. Dunkirk is more than anything else a spectacle film. This film is an event and a real treat to watch. It’s unlike anything else you will see this year or anything that closely resembles Nolan’s previous work. Dunkirk feels like a film you would see in an IMAX theater in a WW2 museum.
In Dunkirk, Nolan has omitted background on his characters to make the film more about the event as a whole and not just one person. I understand why this was done and it might work better for others than it did for me. I’m 50/50 and really still trying to decide how I feel about it. In some ways I feel like it was the way to go because it heightens the event but also I just never cared about any of the characters the way I feel I should have. If someone died I really didn’t think it was that significant but hey maybe that was Nolan’s point. So many people die that death isn’t significant.
The cast all did some great work here. You sense the desperation for them to leave Dunkirk and make it home. I have no idea what the actual event was like but I imagine that Dunkirk was a pretty accurate representation. This film also looks just incredible. It is immaculately shot by Nolan, every frame is just perfect, it doesn’t get much better than this. The only film that can beat it for best cinematography in my book is Roger Deakins with Blade Runner 2049. What a visual masterpiece.
This review is short because I really don’t have much to say about Dunkirk. A Nolan movie is good-water is wet. I enjoyed it not as much as others will I’m sure. I was never as into Dunkirk as I wanted to be but there is no denying its genius. I don’t think it’s Nolan’s best work narratively, however visually it might be.