Winston Churchill may have once said, “Wars are not won by evacuations.” But it still makes for a good source material!
Director Christopher Nolan’s latest addition to his repertoire is based on the real-life mass evacuation of trapped Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbors of Dunkirk, Northern France.
Surrounded by German troops and trapped in Dunkirk, Allied soldiers await for incoming rescue ships to pick them up. After numerous failed rescue attempts, some soldiers feel the weight of hopelessness bearing down upon them, while some allow their resiliency to kick in. Meanwhile, Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) sails his private ship to Dunkirk after hearing the situation.
The director deliberately decided to prove that film is a visual medium. The film only has (I really don’t know) 20% dialogue. Much of the dialogue were provided in scenes that have Mr. Dawson and Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh). Still, you understand what was happening. The helplessness, the hopelessness, and sense of inevitable doom felt by the Allied soldiers are shown well.
However, we would be lying if we say that music did not help tell the story. Hans Zimmer and his masterful skill in making music helped feel every scene tense and gripping if it needs to be.
Also, whoever was in charge of sound design should be given a raise. The sound effect was amazing. Each bullet passing through felt real. Each bullet hitting its mark felt truly powerful.
I also like how the three narratives were seemingly disjointed at first, but you soon came to see them converge in a singular point at the end of the film. I consider it good editing by Lee Smith (The Dark Knight Trilogy).
SPOILER ALERT (or not… this is history)
However, there is one thing I wish the filmmakers could have given more momentum. The part when all the private ships came to Dunkirk did not really feel that much. Besides Zimmer’s music, there was really no build up to the great evacuation we are all waiting to see.
Dunkirk is a visual masterpiece. Nolan skillfully placed his tricks and talents in the entirety of the film. This is definitely…