Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Released 7/21/2017 Directed by: Christopher Nolan. 

Before I give my thoughts, a quick history lesson…The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940, during World War II. The operation was decided upon when large numbers of British, French, Belgian, and Canadian troops were cut off and surrounded by German troops during the Battle of France.

Now that we’re all caught up…this is NOT a war movie, but a movie about a war. About the people affected by it.

It’s a story told from 3 different viewpoints.  A soldier on the beach hoping for / awaiting rescue. A British Air Force pilot making his way to Dunkirk.  And a civilian father and his two grown sons answering the call put out to the the public that was essentially ” If you have a boat, please get to Dunkirk”.

 And it’s in this approach that Director Nolan succeeds. It’s about the human element. Not the bombs and bullets. Not the politics.  PEOPLE.  

Aside from a few notable names (Kenneth Brannagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy) this movie is chuck full of unknowns which also adds to the validity and sincerity of this film. Beautifully filmed, directed and acted.  It never lets up. Never lets you off the hook.  And won’t let you forget it. 

In this ” Summer Blockbuster Season” , try a film about people, about lives. A film with a story to tell.

-Cleary

Dunkirk

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