Director Christopher Nolan
Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
A lot of people are saying that Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s best movie, considering that there are gaps in my cinematic education there are some Nolan movies that I haven’t watched, so I can’t say with absolute certainty that this Nolan’s best work. That being said I would hold Dunkirk in the same regard that I hold Interstellar.
This is definitely to most of the war movies that I have seen in recent years, when I got home and before I sat down to write my review I was asked if Dunkirk was in any way like Spielberg’s 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan. It isn’t, Nolan did not go for any gratuitous violence, it was played for psychological impact particularly with the use of the sirens of the German dive bombers. The story was told from three different perspectives from the land, sea and air and it took me little while until I cottoned to the fact that Nolan was telling the story in a non-linear fashion. If you’re going to watch this you should watch this at the cinema because I have a feeling that Dunkirk will lose its impact on a smaller screen.
There were a lot of unfamiliar faces cast in this but given the scope of Dunkirk and how many extras there are I suppose it was only to be expected, though a couple of the stand out performances where Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy.