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Dunkirk - Written Movie Review (Eddie's Thoughts)


Eddie here. Today I'm reviewing the 2017 WW2 true story biography film, Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Harry Stiles, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance. In May 1940, German forces advance into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly evacuated from the beaches using every serviceable Naval and civilian vessel that could be found. After the heroic mission, nearly 330,000 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. I was really looking forward to this film for two major reasons: 1) me being a big Christopher Nolan fan and 2) I absolutely love historical war films, especially during World War II. I thought it was a great film. Not many people know much about these events that took place and I was glad we finally got to see it on the big screen and no one could have told the story better than Christopher Nolan himself. This film is actually oddly different from most films we usually see. Instead of focusing on a particular main character, this film doesn't really have one, which can be a good/bad thing. I think what Nolan was trying to do was pay respect to the fallen soldiers during these events by not having a main character but hinting that all 400,000 soldiers were the main character if you get what I'm saying, and I can highly respect that. That being said, it does not have much emotion that you would get in films such as Saving Private Ryan, so that was a little bit of a con for me. Instead of the film feeling like an actual film, it does feel like it's more of a reenactment that you would see on the History Channel. It was an odd project for Christopher Nolan and it's not the same type of films we usually see from him, which is why I think this film had some kind of negative view from some audiences. I loved the score by Hans Zimmer and as always, it has outstanding cinematography that is beautifully shot. Even though we already know who the enemy is, that's if you know your history, you really don't see much of the enemy but you feel their presence. It's not Nolan's best work, but I still highly enjoyed it. I'd like to also pay my respects to the brave soldiers during that time of events and I'm glad I got to see that piece of history being told. I'm going to give Dunkirk an 8/10. It's definitely worth the watch if you haven't seen it yet. What were your thoughts on this film? Leave me a comment below and I'll see you in the next review. Feel free to also check out Justin's review of the film on YouTube and hear his thoughts: https://youtu.be/5v8Dedr2VB8.


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