Review: Dunkirk



Genre: Action, Drama, History
Duration: 106 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 21-JUL-2017
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.25/5 (A Glorious Breathtaking Cinematic Triumph)

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.

Overall Review:
Directed and written by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, Memento), DUNKIRK, being his first war/historical film, tells the story of one of the key events in World War II where 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by Nazi German army on the titular beach in France. As they were completely trapped in the corner, their only hope for survival was to be evacuated by sea; or eventually die from air strikes or be captured on the ground by the German troops who’re closing in on the Allies’ defense perimeter. This is first and foremost a survival tale where Nolan wastes no time thrusting his viewers straight into the action. He leaves no room for obligatory flashbacks or character developments. There isn’t even a typical war politic or commentary. He boldly incorporates his trademark unconventional style into Dunkirk and delivers a very effectively immersive and intense cinematic experience with composer Hans Zimmer & cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema again. While the narratives are slightly non-linear, the film has a fast, no-nonsense pacing. In Dunkirk, Nolan has chose to tell the epic story from three perspectives — the ground, sea and air — depicting the genuine horror and heroics. From script level to its astonishing technical field (WAR), this is heart-stopping entertainment. Nolan clearly wants you to feel like as if you are actually there with the soldiers. Even the sound design is meticulously produced to be as realistic as possible. Whether it was the piercing noise of bullets being fired or a fighter plane zooms across the sky, the experience is simply overwhelming. The film has the emotional power to bring tears to your eyes and an inspiration to your heart. There’s almost no character development, no romance story at all and very little dialogues. Minor shortcoming aside, DUNKIRK has once again proved that Nolan never ceases to amaze with his film making style. Dunkirk, tellingly, is the first of Nolan’s films to induce tears in its final frames. Nolan has always been more of a craftsman and with Dunkirk’s technical work, he has finally emerged as an artist. Dunkirk is a pulse-quickening, unrelenting 107 minute experience that grabs hold and refuses to let go until the credits roll.

Performance & Technical Review:
Boasting an incredible cast, Christopher Nolan allows his players to internalize the fear and emotion, and allow them to express it in the most acroamatic and penetrating demeanor’s. There’s almost no character development, no romance story at all and very little dialogues. DUNKIRK is no doubt a cinematic triumph of sight and sound. “Dunkirk” lives in its technical achievements most notably Hoyte van Hoytema‘s chilling and nerve-racking camera work. Partner this with Lee Smith‘s cutthroat editing and Hans Zimmer‘s most intense score in decades, and you have what could be the most visual treat of the year.

PDF Verdict:
Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker who excels at long, tense set-pieces. With that said, “Dunkirk” is undoubtedly his finest film and is an exceptional addition to his impressive filmography. I am expecting “DUNKIRK” to sweep all OSCARS in Technical Categories and won’t be surprised if Nolan himself walks away with the first OSCAR of his career as Best Director. A Must BIG SCREEN (IMAX) Experience!!!

Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.25/5 (A Glorious Breathtaking Cinematic Triumph)
Performance: 4.25 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4.25 on 5
Production Designs: 4.25 on 5

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