Review

I made it to the local multi-plex over the weekend to see this latest from Christopher Nolan. Dunkirk is one of those films you really should see on the big screen to get the full enjoyment of it. I’m not a big fan of war movies, but this was actually quite different from your usual war film fair.

Dunkirk is written, co-produced and directed by Nolan. The film features an ensemble cast. Set during the Second World War, it portrays the Dunkirk evacuation. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is an international co-production between the United Kingdom, the United States, France and the Netherlands.

Nolan wrote the script, told from three perspectives—the land, sea, and air—to contain little dialogue. Filming began in May 2016 in Dunkirk, France, and ended in Los Angeles, United States, where it also began post-production. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot the film on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large format film stock. The film made extensive use of practical effects, such as employing thousands of extras, gathering boats that had participated in the real Dunkirk evacuation, and using genuine era-appropriate planes for aerial sequences. (See Wiki for source information)

The film runs only about 1 hr 45 mins, but it feels almost like real time, putting you right in the middle of the action. And, there is really no storyline or plot; just pretty much a series of events.

Chris Nolan said in an interview that the reason he wanted to tell this story was because it was one of the rare events in the WWII in which the Americans were not involved and the Allies lost.

For me, some of the most powerful moments, in the film, crept up on you, and were a bit unexpected. Not to give anything away, but reading some online comments, I think other audiences shared the same experience.

I really enjoyed this film. And, again would recommend seeing this on the big screen if you can, and would even recommend this film for those like me who aren’t really into war pictures.

Look for some good acting work too from Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance, Cilian Murphy, and a guy who director Nolan apparently had no idea just HOW famous he was — what’s his name, I think something Styles??



About the Author

Chad Spar
Chad Spar
Charles (known as "Chad" to his friends) Spar is an all-around "renaissance man", having worked in the psychology profession, the publishing industry, and is also an occasional actor. He majored in creative writing at Bowling Green State University, and also studied theater and acting at Ohio State University and Ohio Northern University. He has attended "Actors Creative Training", studying under Richard Brander (who coached such actors as Kevin Costner and Chuck Norris). He currently resides in Ada, Ohio.