'Heroism and Self-Sacrifice' on Cinematic Display in WWII Epic 'Dunkirk'

A poster of Dunkirk

A poster of Dunkirk

Dunkirk could by many, be interpreted as 'an existential masterpiece, ' as Nolan plays on your senses in a way that they perhaps haven't experienced before.

Christopher Nolan makes the battlefield lovely to look at in his recreation of the epic Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War.

Dunkirk is the story of the mammoth evacuation of soldiers, mostly by private boats steered by their civilian owners from England.

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In 1940 during World War II, the Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France found themselves trapped by the Germans on the beach of Dunkirk, France.

Dunkirk has the potential to be the film of the year thanks to Nolan's direction, the cast's performances and the cinematography.

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On the beach, or "The Mole", we follow a week in the life of a soldier (played by newcomer Fionn Whitehead) who is only identified, in the closing credits, as Tommy. The music, especially the ticking sound, elevates the intensity of each scene and draws the viewers even further into the film. Of the three stories, this one is the least emotionally involving, in large part because Hardy is hidden behind a pilot's mask for most of the film.

It's evident in so numerous moments in this film, which to be fair also shows how some of the worst can come out in that sort of crucible. This technique didn't appear to translate as clear as possible on the first viewing and may confuse some audiences at times. Despite the fact that they could practically see their home only twenty miles across the English Channel, they remained sitting ducks for the enemy. "Knowing what it would take to create a quality war film of this scale, Nolan chose to wait until he had enough experience with big blockbuster films before bringing "Dunkirk" to theaters.

Speaking to Indiewire, Nolan said: 'Netflix has a freaky aversion to supporting theatrical films. It's worth noting that innovations such as widescreen and 3D were originally developed to pull people away from their TV screens and get them back into movie theatres, and Dunkirk is exactly the kind of film that should succeed in that effort. From there, it's a pulse-pounding and emotional film that only breaks from the anxiousness for the briefest of scenes. And I am happy about the new Freeform show The Bold Type, and if you want to know more about it, I recommend this great piece from Caroline Framke at Vox.

4 out of 5 stars.

Nolan spotlights not the scale of the evacuation as much as the individual experiences of those caught in it, committed to it and victims of the situation. His career is marked by complicated ideas, phenomenal visual style and inventiveness, ever-increasing running times and head-trippery.

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