Film Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s new film, the director of The Dark Knight Trilogy, and Interstellar, is based on the incredible evacuation in North France on the Harbour and beach of Dunkirk, stars the only 20-year-old Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, and even Harry Styles. Despite Dunkirk only running at a mere 106 minutes, you may as well discard now any thoughts that the run-time might drag the quality of the film down.

I thought that the fact Fionn Whitehead (Tommy), had starred in only low-budget and under the radar films, before Dunkirk, helped you immerse yourself in the story, as you felt like you really were looking at World War 2 soldiers. However, you could not say the same when Harry Styles popped up in the film. For me, at least, this really took me out of the magic. Before this, I felt as if I was one of these soldiers, stranded in Northern-France, in Nazi-occupied Germany, but when you see Harry Styles on the screen, then you snap out of it and you suddenly realise that you are only watching a film.

Many have said that the film had a lack of French soldiers, and how they too, helped the British soldiers evacuate France. However, I would say that this is invalid. What you must remember, is that this is a film, despite it being based on real events. This is not designed to be an accurate historical representation of the events of 1940

Dunkirk overall carries the Wow factor, taking away any CGI, you may suspect going into this film, and instead real WW2 spitfires go into the air above the channel. Huge credits also have to go the musical director, Hans Zimmer, who, as always, produces fantastic music adding to the magic of the film. Dunkirk, was potentially one of the best films of the summer, and although it may be out of cinemas now, I would highly a watch.

-David Maitland-Jones