There are only a handful of movie directors whose power to attract the crowds to the cinema houses exceeds the pulling power of movie stars. Christopher Nolan is on that list, alongside Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino. Dunkirk is one more example (as if any more were needed) of why Christopher Nolan is one of Hollywood’s highest-grossing directors.
Dunkirk, a story highlighting past events taking you back to the time of World War 2. It revolves around the efforts to evacuate almost 400,000 British soldiers who were unable to escape from a trap on the French coast of Dunkirk. It follows a non-linear narrative to tell the story of the evacuation efforts in all three military arenas i.e. the land, sea and air. Superficially, the story is quite straightforward. History buffs, especially those familiar with World War 2 military operations, are likely to have heard of this event. It portrays the multiple rescue attempts by the British forces and the challenges thrown by the German army, navy and air force.
However, considering the fact that Nolan, directing the film after writing the script initially, is not making it all apparent to audience from the word ‘go’. Without giving anything away, let’s just say that the story has moments which will get your emotions swinging.
First, the plus points as there are plenty. The action, the cinematography, the direction, the acting. Everything is top notch.
The acting, especially, was good enough to make even a cold-hearted person (like me) feel sorry for all those stranded soldiers. Plus for all the One Direction fans out there, Harry Styles has a role in the movie too!
The non-linear narrative style might confuse most people, especially those unfamiliar with Christopher Nolan’s previous work. But the tautness of the suspense and the crisp editing make up for this possible lapse. The background score also had a big contribution in building up the mood.
However, one mistake that cannot be neglected, is the lack of representation of the North African and South Asian soldiers who made up a large chunk of the Allied forces as Dunkirk. The British Expeditionary Force had many companies from the Royal Indian Army Services. The French force also comprised of many men from French colonies including Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Honestly, coming from a meticulous director like Christopher Nolan. So, this was indeed disappointing.
Should you watch it?
Definitely!!! The movie has earned more than 314 million USD at the box office. Some people have even dubbed it a potential Oscar nominee.
But, Dunkirk is the typical war movie like the old times. Moreover, in today’s mind-numbing, reality-defying era, that’s what sets this movie apart.
SPOILER ALERT!!! DO NOT PROCEED BEYOND THIS POINT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE ENDING!
The event was labelled the ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ , so it doesn’t take an Einstein-level IQ to guess that the operation was a success 😛