Well hello avid readers, welcome to the latest installment of Ellen Talking…as our resident critic of all things music, movies and food. We thought we’d channel her energetic verbal energies into the written word. Rated or slated she doesn’t hold back.
Hi! Ellen here…this week I’m reviewing Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s retelling of the harrowing events that took place on the coast of Northern France during the second world war.
I was slightly worried that the story of Dunkirk would be taken by Hollywood and turned into your typical sensationalised war film – deaths every minute, intense fighting scenes and doomed romances. However I am happy to say that Dunkirk is every inch a British film, thoughtfully produced with the lives of those who experienced such suffering at the heart of the story. With that in mind, I’m going to give this film an impressive 4.5/5 stars.
It is a true sombre depiction of an exhausted army who were stranded on a beach less than 25 nautical miles from home, as the movie gloomily reiterates “you can almost see it…” Dunkirk had me hooked in a way different to any other movie, the sadness I felt wasn’t dramatic or over the top but sincere and contemplative, with a lasting effect that has caused me to reflect upon the experiences of those who suffered or lost their lives many times since viewing the film.
Moving on to the visual impact of the film – massive respect to Christopher Nolan! Despite no use of CGI this piece had some of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie – especially the spitfire scenes! The impactful visuals and sensory overload truly made this a film that I will never forget. The use of air, land and sea really portrayed the terrors that each force was battling and highlighted the heroic efforts of everyone involved in trying to save these men.
I feel the need to address the Harry Styles controversy – some people were unhappy that a pop singer was set to feature in this very serious film. I will admit…this was a view I shared, however to be honest, the character he played could have been anyone. The lack of dialogue in the film meant there were no real “stars” which I thought was a sensible move. The role he played is just a young British man who fits the characteristics of many of those unlucky enough to find themselves at Dunkirk at the time. Also, a potential advantage may be that his presence on the bill will encourage some of the younger generation to go along and see a film about their country’s history that they might not have had much interest in otherwise.
The majority of us in the UK will have family members who were involved in WW2 and therefore there was a lot of pressure on Nolan and the cast. I for one believe they have done a great job, my advice – go see this film!
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