Movie Review: Dunkirk

August 9, 2017 10:03 am Published by 4 Comments

It seems our movie choices of late around the blog have drifted towards the history route. As Lola showed us in her review of Detroit, you can take the Nerd’s nose out of the book, but you can’t take the history nerd out of the Nerd! I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t know much about the evacuation of Dunkirk during WW II, except that it happened, until movie trailers started popping up for this film. Always a fan of history, and learning more about our past, lest we repeat ourselves, I consulted the oracle (Google) and let my history nerd freak flag fly so I’d be full on ready for the visual feast this movie would present to me. If you plan on seeing this movie, and your history is rusty, I suggest you do the same, it’s worth the effort.

In a word, all I can say is WOW. Yes, I realize that is a very technical word when describing a movie but man, WOW! This film is going to win so many awards this season they are going to need a cart to get the treasures home. The first WOW would have to be the cast, that’s the easiest place to start – there’s a fair mix of faces you’ll recognize and an army of folks you won’t. Trust me when I tell you, it will not matter, even if you are a devout One Direction hater, it will not matter – who knew Harry Styles had that much emotion in his face? The dialogue is limited at best, there isn’t a lot being said and sometimes the background noise of the film drowns it out, but again, that is okay, these actors are there, in the scene, emoting the hell out of their craft. You’ll feel the raw emotion, the fear of certain death, the creeping sensation of hopelessness and the strong fight for self-preservation.

Speaking of sound, this movie is loud, like really loud, but not in a bad way, so let’s call it necessarily loud. Pay attention to the sound, I feel certain this will be award worthy, it rattles you to your core and puts you soundly on the beach. The editing is flawless, yes, it takes your senses a moment to settle into the flow, to sort out the situation but that feeling of being back on your heels, must be, in some small instance, what it felt like from a soldier’s perspective. Nolan puts you right there, on the beach, in the water, on a boat, sensing certain doom. For 106 minutes you’ll feel the grit of war.

Nolan does a remarkable job telling this story. You can feel his pure love of the craft of filmmaking as he shows you everything from the stark reality of death to the heroic deeds of both civilians and soldiers alike. In this film, you’ll feel the good versus evil battle drenched in hope. Dunkirk is perfectly paced and beautifully told with a liberal dose of stark reality that just…WOW.

Smooches,

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4 Comments

  • Lola says:

    Great review! On my list of movies to see this weekend!

  • Jo says:

    Highly recommend listening to the Stuff You Missed in History podcast either before or after seeing the movie. It’s in two parts – here’s the link to the first episode: http://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/dunkirk-part-one.htm

  • Jessica Godfrey says:

    I said the same thing about the sound to my Uncle after we saw it. I likened it to the sound movies play after the character had a bomb go off near them….you know high pitched sound that doesn’t seem to go away? I heard it through the entire movie and it would get louder as the action happened or resting times. And then at the very end…

    This was an incredible movie for me. I thought it was going to be like Saving Private Ryan, but it was such a powerful story and it didn’t have any of the gore and horror that SPR had.

    I highly recommend going to see this movie.

    Oh yeah!! And afterwards, I was in the bathroom and this little old lady was with her friend and they were bickering back and forth as they do…we got to talking over washing our hands and she said she had been a Dunkirk victim. I wish I would have had more time to talk with her about her experience.

    • Scandal says:

      Jessica, you know, I didn’t think of it at the time but you are correct, Dunkirk was just as visually stunning and powerful as SPR but it didn’t have the gore.

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