Film Reviews

Dunkirk (2017)

I didn’t really know who Harry Styles was (like Christopher Nolan, himself). I just stood there, on the world’s highway and he drove beside me but I did not know who he was at that time. Marginal sigh.

It was heard. The director knew he needs to attract young people to see this film. Why? Why should every generation watch this particular film?

Nowadays, when our world is so close to explode, when Russians kill Ukrainians and vice versa, when the Philippine Government calls for killings and the Government of Hungary stands for hatred, when policemen and demonstrators fall in Venezuela, everyone should think about violence (even teen ’onedirectionfan’ girls).

It is worth to be aware what comes with war. What Nolan illustrates in the film (except the ending) IS what comes with war. And not just – what we all know – that the two opponents try to kill each other. Nolan shows how comrades fight for their lives and how they turn against each other just to save one’s neck. The film shows not just the lack of solidarity but the unexpected solidarity as well. The English soldiers deal with their French partner in a brutal way and even with each other while on the other side of the channel a wealthy old man, his son and a teenage hand depart with their boat to help the soldiers of their country. Mr. Dawson’s (the owner of the boat played by Mark Rylance) – who gets rid of the expensive porcelain plates before take-off – meeting with the soldiers in the oily ocean shows the cathartic moment of unity. When there are no class differences and when collective effort can save lives.

We should remember one more thing about Mark Rylance’s character. He faces moral problems that are not necessary have good answers. Now, we’re not here to discuss why he even starts off without the navy. The first interesting dilemma comes after he rescues a shell-shocked soldier (Cillian Murphy) who insists on going back to England and not forward to death. Obviously, Mr. Dawson wants to go to Dunkirk so the soldier tries to wrest control of the boat from him and during the scuffle Dawson’s hand, George falls and takes a severe blow to the head. Mr. Dawson needs to decide. Either go back and perhaps they can get a doctor in time so the boy could live on but no soldiers would be saved OR go on, save lives but risk George’s life. The trauma is inevitable. There is NO good answer.

SPOILER:

Mr. Dawson also needs to decide whether drive close to the airplane that lands on the water but the pilot doesn’t show up so it’s almost certain that he’s dead. Finally, the boat reaches the airplane and saves the pilot.

’Even at the expense of my life’ motto is true not just for Mr. Dawson but for Tom Hardy’s character (pilot). At the end we can see him saving lives on the coast without gasoline going like the wind.

SPOILER END.

Christopher Nolan didn’t direct a classical war genre film in a way that the focus is not on the two opponents’ battle (we can’t even see a German’s face in the film). It is more about how people treat each other in these situations.

At the end of the film we see unnecessary pathetic pictures. We noted: “The last ten minutes are like a Spielberg’s work”

Who knows…

 

We gave 8/10 stars on IMDb 🙂

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