Kyles Says DUNKIRK Fails To Meet Lofty Expectations

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Dunkirk is directed by Christopher Nolan(Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, The Prestige) and stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, and surprisingly Harry Styles. This film is about the battle of Dunkirk and the events the soldiers had to experience.

To start off, this film had very high expectations from most. Director Christopher Nolan has never delivered an awful movie and is regarded as one of the best working today if not the best. Did this film deliver? In some aspects, yes, in others it was a real disappointment.

The story of this film is, at its core, the British soldiers trying to make it home from Dunkirk which is currently surrounded by Germans. You get 3 different perspectives in this film in the soldiers, the people trying to rescue them, and a pilot in the sky. With 3 perspectives comes many characters. Characters who although they were fighting to get home, I could care less whether they survived or not and that’s not a good thing. These people want to get home to their families or save others but they are so bland that there is no investment in any of them which takes you out of the movie.

This film is essentially a silent film where the characters barely speak but the score carries the plot and emotions. Hans Zimmer once again proves why he is one of the best composers ever and he can certainly expect an Oscar nomination come January. The cinematography is also breathtaking where Nolan knows what shots to get and can capture the scale of just how ominous this setting is. Nolan is able to capture a feeling of how a massive was can feel so small and claustrophobic. The sounds and special effects also impress with the way we have come to expect with a Nolan film.

In the acting category, everyone is serviceable but not much more. Mark Rylance gives the best performance as a man risking his life to save soldiers in the water with his own boat. Others like Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Kenneth Branagh are fine but aren’t ever given a chance to flex their acting muscles. Their roles are big but just come across as bland in the end.

In all, Dunkirk was a serviceable film with excellence in the technical aspects and mediocrity in most other aspects. For the Nolanites out there, this film will satisfy you and not make you lose faith in the director. For everyone else, this film might disappoint you, which is sad to say for a film with such potential. War films are tough to make and with a great one last year in Hacksaw Ridge, Dunkirk just fails to reach those heights. In the end this is a fine film with not much left to offer.

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