Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is an action and historical fiction film that has proven itself on many levels to be worth the money and time to watch. The PG-13 movie will be on DVD on Dec. 19, 2017, about five months from its original release date, which was on Jul. 21. The film also stars many prominent actors, including Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy and Harry Styles.
“Dunkirk” is set in 1940, when the Germans were conquering France and cornered over 400,000 British and French Soldiers into a French commune known as Dunkirk. The plan was to evacuate all of the soldiers to Britain, which is around 40 miles out from Dunkirk, however, with the Germans closing in on the soldiers each day, it was only presumed that 30,000 soldiers would make evacuate safely. In the end, over 300,000 soldiers managed to escape safely, and the film shows how all those soldiers managed to do this incredible feat by telling the stories of three soldiers: Tommy, Gibson and Alex, all who survive incredible challenges including dropped bombs, blown up ships and also German gunfire. “Dunkirk” brings a whole war into a movie and explains it with the simplicity of every soldiers’ role, yet a complex and thorough view of the whole entire story. Although “Dunkirk” is a war movie, it is vastly different than other movies of similar genre; it is centered more on the event that occurred, rather than the story of one man’s life.
The overall structure of “Dunkirk” was astonishing. The movie succeeds in grabbing the audience’s attention, but in a different way than most movies. Instead of going from start to finish like most movies, “Dunkirk” starts directly in the middle, where most of the fun is. Every single minute of the movie included something that was action packed. The beginning of the movie starts off with gunfire, then it leads right into the battle, and ends with an air battle. The only concern with the structure are the transitions. The movie is split into three sections, all organized, divided and mixed together, but the audience does not know this. After the first transition from the mole to the sea, it was confusing to figure out what had happened, but as the movie develops it started to make sense.
The technical details in “Dunkirk”, were also astounding. Both the major and minor details of the movie work together to make the film seem realistic. All the camera angles, especially the one in the cockpits, were seemingly placed in the right way, so that if felt like you were visually there. The audio, especially the approaching German dive bombers, created an intensifying and scary experience for the audience. The explosions and gunshots in “Dunkirk” were not exaggerated to be big heaps of destruction, unlike most movies. All of these aspects of the movie provides the audience with what the actual experience of the war is like, and how it is not as most other movies depict it.
If you are looking for a film that realistically explains war, then “Dunkirk” is your best option. The film includes action upon action, that immediately hooks the audience with the spectacular scenes and events. It is filled with a wonderful structure, amazing editing, flawless technical designs, and has proven itself to be a true work of art. It is definitely worth every single penny and second, and it will not disappoint.