It’s safe to say I’ve struggled writing this.
It’s also safe to say, this won’t be your typical “Dunkirk is the film of the millennium” review. Because for me, it wasn’t. I’m only one voice in a sea of millions whom on their exit of the cinema screening, loved every second of their time watching the Christopher Nolan war title, they of course have every right to have enjoyed it and I am fairly sad that I do not share their opinions as much as I would have liked to.
Now I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the film that panned out the evacuation of Dunkirk during WWII, but I did find it to be a little less thrilling than I expected, especially coming from the mastermind of The Dark Knight trilogy and Inception, films that all too often make my list of favourite films.
I tried to pin down why I didn’t enjoy the film so much and how, really, I’d describe it to others as to why I was feeling this way about it. I think, it was the lack of frequent dialogue, however deliberate this may have been, made it hard for me to connect with the characters and feel emotion with them when trouble arose.
Although visually this film is stunning and it does transport you straight back into the warzone within seconds of the film starting, it lacks depth and there’s very little character development which leaves very little room for the audience to connect with the film in ways other Nolan films allow the audience to do, again, how deliberate this was, I am unsure.
What I do know for sure, is the opening scenes, full of suspense, charismatic cinematography and binded with Hans Zimmers phenomenal soundtrack, gave me false hope that the film would continue at this spectauclarity throughout. Mistaken. Dunkirk’s deliberate repetitions of scenes from different angles, however much I understood why and thought it was a clever concept, left me feeling quite bored and unfortunately the non-linear storytelling didn’t quite cut it for me and left me feeling like it was a wannabe-Tarantino kind of film! Which would have worked, had it been as action filled and character led as Inglorious Basterds was.
One thing that put me off really wanting to see Dunkirk was the idea that Harry Styles had been cast, however, I was wrong. The acting in this film did it justice and not once did I feel the actors were out of character, which was positive as more often that not, if a film isn’t as enjoyable as it could be, its because of bad acting… but let’s face it, has Tom Hardy ever not been fantastic?
As much as I didn’t like this film as much as I thought I would, it is a film that you will have to make your own mind up with, I’ve heard both loves and hates from people who have seen it, so it really is a film you will have your own opinion on.
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