By: Christian McCarren
Dunkirk tells the incredible story of 400,000 British and French soldiers who were stranded on the beach of Dunkirk, France after being surrounded by the German army in May of 1940. This is not a war movie about battles, nor is it a story about a specific soldier, this is a story of how an entire community came together to help those in need. The film doesn’t rely on overtly bloody or violent shots to express the many downsides of war, rather Nolan’s direction, Hoyte van Hoytema’s cinematography, and Hans Zimmer’s incredible score all provide the necessary elements to tell this incredible story. It’s a story of teamwork, defeat, survival, and escape. The preceding battle that took place at Dunkirk was seen as one of the worst military disasters in British history, but the triumphant story of survival is seen as a great humanitarian victory.
The movie does not waste any time, it’s very fast paced and only has a runtime of about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Nolan crafted the story in such a way as to not reflect on the back stories of the characters in the film because it would be unnecessary. There is not one singular star of the movie either as the film has barely any dialogue in it. Nolan is the star of his movie because of the way that he was able to carefully craft this story and bring it all together to make the audience feel like they were on the beach with those men. This easily became my favorite movie of the year, in a year that has had many great movies so far.