We’re halfway through week 2 of the Ultimate 2010s Blogathon! Today the movie review monster himself, MovieRob, joins the blogathon. If you somehow don’t know Rob, he has literally thousands of reviews on his blog. Every month, he hosts his feature called Genre Grandeur, where he asks one blogger to pick a topic and other bloggers send in reviews related to that topic, almost like a monthly blogathon! There is a lot going on on his site so it’s definitely worth a look. But today, he reviews his favorite war movie from the last decade: Dunkirk.
“Seeing home doesn’t help us get there, Captain. ” – Commander Bolton
Number of Times Seen – 4 (20 Jul 2017, 7 Dec 2017, 25 Feb 2018 and 12 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – An intense look at the Battle of Dunkirk during World War II through the eyes of various men who had very different jobs to do
My Take on it – I had a very difficult time deciding what film to choose for this blogathon since there are so many great and memorable films that have been made over the past decade.
This film is truly among the very best and it allows us to get such a unique perspective on the horrors of war.
In this film, we get to see the story being told from three very different perspectives and when putting them all together, one gets a very clear picture of everything that happened and why.
Christopher Nolan has always been one of my favorite directors and he does wonders here with this film.
He makes the viewer feel as if we are right there with these characters as things unfold and it’s a powerful feeling.
The cast of this film is largely unknown and that actually works really well in helping establish the anonymity of many heroes in battle who both fought and died for a cause as well as to help emphasize that this is a story about an event and how that event affected people in different ways.
The film is tasked with blending together three different stories that take place at different time intervals which adds so much to the epic feel of this kind of film.
In addition, the very non-linear aspect of storytelling utilized here also makes things even more powerful and poignant since it forces the viewer to pay closer attention to all of the details of the story that put together the overall picture.
This is an extremely powerful movie that is filled with so many great ideas dealing with patriotism and hope during a very desperate hour in history.
This is one of the best films of 2017 if not THE very best.
Can’t wait to see this again…
Bottom Line – Such an amazing film that shows us a very unique perspective on war. Nolan is a superb director and is able to make us feel as if we are right there with these characters as they deal with everything going on around them. The choice to use a largely unknown cast is a great one because it helps the viewer focus on the anonymity of many of the men who fought and died that day. The film is able to blend together three varying stories that all have differing time lapses which helps show the more epic aspect of this kind of story. The non-linear way of telling things enhances the story even more because it forces the viewer to pay much closer to all of the details of everything going on. Such a powerful film that is able to constantly reinforce the ideas of patriotism and hope during a very desperate time in history. One of the best films of 2017, if not THE best. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the sequence where the Spitfire ditches into the English Channel, an IMAX camera was strapped into the cockpit to film Collins (Jack Lowden) trying to get out. However, during filming, the plane with the camera still inside sank quicker than predicted. It took so long to retrieve the plane, that the IMAX camera housing filled with water, potentially ruining the expensive camera and the film inside. Christopher Nolan used an old movie technique of keeping the film wet, and shipped it back to Los Angeles, getting it processed before it dried out. The take from that scene is in the movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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