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,Tags: Christopher Nolan, drama, Dunkirk, History, movie review, WWII