Movie Review: Dunkirk, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Four Stars)

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Movie Review: Dunkirk, written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan

Four Stars

“You can practically see it from here.” “What?’ “Home.”

The best kind of war movie, one that focuses on human-sized stories without losing track of the big picture. Historical fiction, but incredible realism and drama. Multiple viewings necessary to absorb the depth.

“He’s on me.” “I’m on him.”

Only criticism is the folded timeline. Nolan not only cut back and forth between plot lines, but breaks chronology. The attentive viewer sees the same event as many as five times from the point of view of five different characters. It adds depth to the story, but it often knocks the viewer out of the flow trying to figure out when and where we are.

“There’s no hiding from this, son. We have a job to do.”

 

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Dunkirk, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Four Stars)

  1. I was riveted throughout the movie. I don’t go to many war movies. I liked the structure, perhaps because I’m an ordinary viewer and not a military person. It felt relentless. I liked the shifting POVs. No Hollywood feel, thank goodness. The music was an integral part of the movie and enhanced it. Thanks for the review.

    • I would say, ‘yes,” but you have a big screen and big sound. It may be just as good.
      The scream of the dive bombers hurts, as it is reported to have paralyzed targets in WW2.

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