Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk is a World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Told from various perspectives, we see how the war effected those in the ground – Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), Alex (Harry Styles), and Gibson (Aneurin Barnard) – those in the air – Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden) – and those at sea – Soldier (Cillian Murphy), many of whom were rescued by civilian sailors – Mr Dawson (Mark Rylance), George (Barry Keoghan) and Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney).
I love this film more every time that I watch it. Nolan’s Dunkirk is the definition of epic.
Told from three perspectives – land, sea, and air – the stories come together so well. The method of storytelling is phenomenal and each section is so impacting, especially with the limited dialogue set against Hans Zimmer’s incredible score.
Nolan strips the story of war down to its gripping and terrifying reality – only showing it from one side, our side, emphasising the brutality of being in battle and having to constantly defend yourself, but also the sheer courage and commitment of all involved.
Both the young cast of fresh talent – Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, and Barry Keoghan – and the older cast of British acting icons – Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy – are fantastic and are a perfect ensemble for this inspiring, brave, heroic, and historical story.
That’s it, I’m giving it a full five stars because the quality of film-making just cannot be faulted. It is absolutely flawless. This isn’t just Nolan’s best film to date, it is also one of the best war films to date.