One of my biggest interests is that of military history. When I saw that they were making a movie of Dunkirk, I knew that I wanted to see it. The rescue of the soldiers at Dunkirk was one of the most dramatic events of the Second World War.
Although I wanted to see the movie simply because of the topic, I was not prepared for the final product.
Dunkirk is one of the best movies that I have ever seen. I say this not as a fan of war movies. I say it as someone who recognizes a movie done with excellence.
If you don’t know the story of Dunkirk, it takes place near the beginning of World War Two. The Germans had invaded and defeated France. The remnants of the French army and the British army were pushed back to Dunkirk. The Germans fully expected to destroy them at Dunkirk and they took their time to do it.
What the Germans didn’t expect was a fleet of civilian ships and boats crossing the channel to bring back as many soldiers as possible.
I knew the story, but this movie captured more than the facts. It captured the emotions.
It took me a while to realize that not everything in the movie was happening at the same time. There are three perspectives that slowly work toward each other. Christopher Nolan masterfully uses visual and audio elements to draw the audience into the story. The movie has some of the least dialogue of any recent movie and yet the audience is brought into the story by what they see and hear.
I understand that many people don’t like war movies. People don’t want to glorify war. Dunkirk cannot be accused of glorifying war. It portrays it in all of its horror, but does so without the gore of many other war movies.
This film is really about what it means to be human. It is about courage in circumstances that demand despair. It is about compassion and nobility, rising above the easy way.
Even if you have no interest in military history, I highly recommend that you see Dunkirk.