Dunkirk – Film Review

Thoughts on Dunkirk brought to you by LCA.

What is it like to watch a Nolan film? Watching his films are always been a Masterclass to us, it’s one among the ways of educating our film-making knowledge. It feels like he takes the utmost care of writing a script and the depth of detailing that involves in the screenplay. You can’t expect something called as predictions in any of his films. He’s what his films are all about. Or maybe, I would say that he’s smart enough to fool us. Be it any of his films, I like the fact that he’s handling the unpredictable world of Time. As he said about Murphy’s law in Interstellar, “Whatever can happen, will happen.”  He has his own trade mark in the world of Cinema. A 90’s born kid who is a film fanatic will know about Nolan, go on and ask to him, Who is Nolan according to him? These days people take his films as one of the inspirations before stepping into the World of Cinema. “A Film by Christopher Nolan,” it’ll live on forever.

Dunkirk, a film which is made nothing like before from Nolan. For the first time, he took an example of a true event, and he defined what it is like to be at Home in his way. Previously, The Prestige is the only film in his filmography which he didn’t take credits for writing the script as it was adapted from a book, but who would ever forget the screenplay especially that final scene. You guys needn’t worry about anything, I won’t reveal anything from the film. But, what I can say is that this film is one of the best mysterious thrillers that has been ever made.

Back to Dunkirk, I may not be creative as Inception. But Inception isn’t as true as Dunkirk. This film is all about the inputs which are needed to pull off such an output, the reason would be the technical part of the film. The effort-filled ground work of the technicians. They were like a De-multiplexer, all worked out well together to make a film like this. This may not be a performance oriented film because hardly we would be able to see the faces of the actors who were given the roles of the soldiers, but it did actually project the strength of the characters in a different way.

Realism factor. The technicians have to be proud of what they’ve done for this film. Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema, mostly 95% of the film takes place in an ocean, may be it was done in a way as the filming of Titanic. Framing matters a lot, fixing the camera on to a jet and filming it as wanted isn’t an easy task to do it. Music by Hans Zimmer, if not him then no one can ever compose in a Nolan film. It’s so important to take something as an inspiration. While listening to the soundtracks, I felt like he took inspirations of the ticking sound from a clock, that was some impulsive stuff and it gave the liveliness feel which is necessarily required for a film like this. And Nolan is one among the directors who take the maximum care of technical decisions with them.


Screenplay, one of the toughest screenplay and Nolan made it look so easy. The story might be explained in a single sentence but what matters is the screenplay. It dealt the stitching of fragmented frames into a film. Brilliantly visualized by the director and a productive work from the editor. The perspective of viewing one particular scene from various characters within the frame, it isn’t that easy to create but Nolan has pulled off as usual. Quite a number of dialogues were heard, but the way they’ve stressed the words like “Home” and “Survival” was strongly felt.

Director Christopher Nolan, two years of effort and we can practically see it from here. This is a different kind of a war film. No battling scene or showing the evilness against the enemies, it was all about Survival.  He isn’t Steven Spielberg, he isn’t Stanley Kubrick or he ain’t no Mel Gibson, he is Nolan. All have their own way representing a war film. This may not be the best from him because still, the time will permit him to show his best. Dunkirk is one kind of an experience which is unforgettable and this film might be one of the Oscars’ contenders. 


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