Dunkirk movie review: Christopher Nolan is telling you about defeat, the blood, sweat and tears of it; how it settles into your bones, sets in your face, moves your clawing fingers, hardens your scared heart. The writer-director, who loves playing with time, again tells the story of that week in a non-linear sequence.
Dunkirk movie cast: Finn Whitehead, Urine Barnard, Mark Ry lance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branch, Lillian Murphy, Harry Styles
Dunkirk movie director: Christopher Nolan
Dunkirk star rating: 4.5 stars
Dunkirk begins by telling you in three short lines what happened in this little-known stewyr about World War II. Soon after the War had started, the British and French troops were trapped in this French sea town as the Germans circled in. The British and French troops waited “for deliverance”. “For a miracle”.
Then, nothing in this taut, tense, relentless film, plays like a miracle, or feels like deliverance. War seldom does, and Christopher Nolan, the man who has made superheroes darker, dreams loopier and space vaster, isn’t letting you forget that. There are few heroes in Dunkirk, and no battles. The actual act of heroism by the men and women who rushed in with their small boats from across the English Channel to rescue the forces is almost a cipher, though it is this that led to this story be known as the “Miracle of Dunkirk”.
No, Nolan is telling you about defeat, the blood, sweat and tears of it; how it settles into your bones, sets in your face, moves your clawing fingers, hardens your scared heart. He is telling it from the seas, skies and land, and if you are catching it in MAX, there is just no looking away, from any angle as Nolan goes over, under, in and out, about the men.