Poignant and visceral, Nolan’s bold film is an intensely moving depiction of a spirited celebration of unity.
First of all, of course it was good – it had Tom Hardy in it. Secondly, I’m going to explain how it made me feel rather than detailing the happenings of the film, as Dunkirk moved me with great strength. I presumed I would fall asleep in the cinema as I had been exhausted from a busy few days, but from beginning to end I was ‘on the edge of my seat’ as they say. Completely hooked and following every visceral moment. I’d say following every word but there was very little speaking in the film. It really didn’t need it, the action and emotion spoke for itself, making for an intensely dramatic experience.
The film tended to jump between stages which at times made it difficult to tell what came after what due to the back and forth. But each scene was just as gripping as the next so even if you had no idea what was going on you’d still be entirely absorbed. There were multiple moments that made me jump and an equal amount which brought tears to my eyes, and being a true telling of events the film had that tangible edge which makes your stomach flip. Being the granddaughter of an Infantry man who served in the Second World War and being in a relationship with one myself, the reality of what military men faced during wartime really hit home.
The acting was strong and each facial expression captured the intensity of the moment. The few scenes of speech conveyed the seriousness of the situation and each word held significance. Sometimes well-known faces in films distract me from fully immersing myself in the characters and story line, but each actor succeeded in grasping the turmoil with which the setting brought forward and portrayed the bravery of those involved. With 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.6/10 on IMDb, it’s quite undeniable that Dunkirk was bold and raw, a real must see.
The mass scale of chaos the story depicted ensured a prolonged, deep unsettled feeling for quite a while after leaving the cinema. That stage between coming out of the closed arena of the screen into the light and grounding yourself back to reality is a strange phenomenon, and its disorientating effect on me was amplified by the emotional weight of this film. I had that strange sensation that I was living in the time that the film was set, hyper aware of the noise of the car and still slightly on the edge of my seat. It probably didn’t help that, as mentioned before, I felt completely wiped out before entering the cinema. The fatigue combined with the usual disorientation of time elapsing and outside life continuing as I was enclosed and engrossed with an onscreen depiction of reality left me feeling somewhat out of myself. I’m pretty sure I waffled a load of jibberjabber on the way home in the car about existence and bravery and whatnot. Bizarre.
All in all the film left me feeling totally different to when I entered the cinema, which by my book is a huge success. So yes, by far, you should definitely watch Dunkirk. Oh, and Tom Hardy. No brainer.
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