Review: Dunkirk (2017)

dunkirk-movie-review-2017I feel as movie bloggers we always encourage everyone around us to go and see movies at the cinema, to experience them in the way they should be, but deep down there are plenty of movies just as great viewed on our TVs at home, it’s just the atmosphere of the cinema that we enjoy so much. Big, action movies are obviously always great on the big screen but if there is ever a movie I will regret not seeing at the cinema, actually, in IMAX, it’s Dunkirk (2017).

Does anyone else feel like they were waiting ages for Dunkirk to be released? I’m sure we got that teaser trailer at least a year before it was actually released. I don’t know why I didn’t trek out for it, especially with Christopher Nolan at the helm, but I’ve never had much of an interest in historical or war movies.

Even as someone completely ignorant to history (it was my least favourite subject at school), I knew the story of what happened at Dunkirk, so I’ll be brief in explaining what it’s all about. The movie essentially follows several heroes in the evacuation of the soldiers trapped on the beach of Dunkirk during World War II.

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If you’ve seen the trailer, and felt the tension in those 2 minutes, that’s essentially what the entire movie is. 1 hour and 46 minutes of pure, white knuckled tension. In fact, I think there’s an argument to be made that Dunkirk isn’t a movie at all, it’s more of an experience. I felt drained after the credits rolled, and it wasn’t just baby-induced sleep deprivation, I swear.

Despite not getting and kind of backstory or development to any of the main characters, I really felt for every one of them, especially Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. I won’t talk spoilers here, but Cillian Murphy’s character winds up doing something awful, and yet I couldn’t feel anger towards him, and Tom Hardy’s character’s story was breathtaking and heartbreaking. Every story here is worth shouting about, but those are the two that stood out the most for me.

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As someone who avidly avoids movies in this genre, I honestly can’t say a bad word about Dunkirk, and I’ll be watching it again as soon as possible. I know it’s one my husband would enjoy so it might even be as soon as this weekend, we’ll see. Can I start a petition for it to be re-released in the cinema so I can see it properly? I can only imagine the atmosphere as each screen emptied after each viewing.

Out of respect for the true story behind this movie it seems wrong to do my usual silly rating, so I’m keeping it simple today and giving Dunkirk a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars. Probably my favourite movie of 2017, and even though I have so many of last year’s releases to catch up on, I’m confident it will stay as my number 1 choice!

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15 thoughts on “Review: Dunkirk (2017)

  1. YES!!! Recently did my Top 10 list and it sits at #1. I think it is brilliant filmmaking top to bottom. And you’re right, even though we don’t get backstory, I felt for those men. I also felt I was right there with them which gave the movie such punch. I saw it twice on the big screen and it was unmatched. But I have watched it on my TV in 4K UHD. It didn’t lose much of its impact. So good!

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  2. I missed Dunkirk in the cinema too but there wasn’t IMAX in my city so I didn’t lose much. Anyway, this is one of the best war movies ever made. Those characters are as thin as they can get, they have no backstories and yet I cared so much about them! When Branagh says “home” was so moving, I can’t even.

    I’m glad you loved this one!

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  5. Dunkirk definitely must be seen on the big screen. it was and is just an amazing film. I’ve liked Christopher Nolan’s directing for a long time and this definitely did not diminish my love for him. This film also made me want to start learning more about films to be able to understand them better. Well, I don’t known how well I’ve accomplished it during the almost year and a half after seeing Dunkirk, but at least I’m still on the road!

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