Nolan brings to screen a glimpse into the Dunkirk story – a film that mirrors Churchill’s quote, “a miracle of deliverance”.
Like football, films can be elevated to be more important than a matter of life or death…
In this case Dunkirk is so much more than a movie, an Oscar runner, or a digression into if Harry Styles is good enough.
This is a Nolan collaboration on tip-top form, but this is not the point of why you must watch this film.
You will get to sample masterful directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing, acting and a musical score that will quite literally take your breath away. Actors achieve volumes in understatement, usurped by the ticking threat posed in different guises. Bombers lurk and circle in moments like a killer shark that only the silent movie style spitfires may deliver salvation.
This is about an opportunity for one of our greatest living directors who has earnt the right to have a hugely resourceful toolbox. This enables him to deliver a story that some of us will know little or nothing about. For others this is a chance to get a visceral and insightful window into what this point in history may actually have “felt” like.
This is far from a great point in the war in that it is essentially about the English and French evacuation from Northern France in 1940. Again to quote Churchill this was a “colossal military disaster” where the positives were the limitations on lives being lost. Some of those saved eventually would go on to help win a war that otherwise would have effected our history profoundly.
Amongst this tragedy can be found triumph. In the monstrosity of war we can witness the loftiest heights of human nature and endeavour.
Writing this review was in itself a cathartic experience through which I feel increasingly humbled to share less and less with you about the minutiae of what makes Dunkirk a 10/10 film, and more inclined to encourage you to just get on with booking up seeing one of Nolans’ and this years’ greatest films.