Movie Review “Dunkirk”

“Dunkirk”

Release Date: July 21, 2017

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense war experience and some language)

 

When it comes to film offerings this year, the bar has been raised.

And come time for Academy Award nominations, it will be difficult to beat “Dunkirk” in categories ranging from Best Picture to director, cinematography, and editing.

Dunkirk is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, the talented filmmaker whose directing credits include such diverse films as “Memento” (2000) to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). 

The strong ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles,  Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy.  While much publicity has centered around the casting of Styles, best known for being a member of the band “One Direction,” his performance – which is solid – does not eclipse that of anyone else in the very strong cast. 

The story, told from three perspectives, is set during World War II and the evacuation of Dunkirk, France.  Cinematically, Nolan intercuts the action from these unique perspectives – essentially from land, sea, and air –that provides a greater context for what was certainly a pivotal event in history.  It is a compelling film with gripping action, very little dialogue, and a haunting score by Hans Zimmer.

“Dunkirk” will stay with you long after the end credits.  It is simply the best film released to date this year.