Fight them on the beaches...
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 23 July 2017, 11:40am
Running time: 106m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 20/07/17
Rating: 10/10 (ME 5/5, DP 5/5)
Set amidst the famous evacuation during World War 2, Dunkirk presents a series of stories in similar overlapping timelines to tell a story that is harrowing, powerful and deeply human. The cast (Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and many more) bring performances that are raw and disturbing. The non-linear approach to the story is less confusing than it sounds, but it takes a bit of concentration to get the most out of it.
Sound (particularly the almost constant ticking) is used superbly to maintain the tension throughout. But there is little that can prepare you for what clever filmmaking Dunkirk is. This film is a great reminder of the potential of the human spirit to drive a story that is powerful, dynamic and unforgettable.
Is this the film of the year? The critics have been overwhelming in their praise, and we can't help but agree. Keep an eye out for this one at Oscar time. Highly recommended.