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Dunkirk: The First War Film I Loved

Dunkirk

Last week me and my friend Denisa went to see Dunkirk – the new Christopher Nolan film about Operation Dynamo (The Dunkirk Evacuation). I will be honest with you – we only went to see it because we wanted to know whether Harry Styles can act (we used to be huge Directioners when we were 15 and it kind of sticks with you). I wasn’t hoping for much as I am not the type of girl who enjoys action films or war films. BUT…

I was pleasantly surprised.

(Note: This post is not really a review, more like me sharing my thoughts about it and recommending all of you to watch it.)

It took exactly 30 seconds for me to realize I was going to like this film – the camera was just beautiful. The colours, the angles. I loved it. The whole thing is filmed magnificently and both Denisa and I have agreed on this.

There were three main story lines – all of them equally interesting and nerve-racking. I think some of the people in the cinema must have thought me crazy but I jumped and gasped a lot during the film. I also had to cover my ears for several scenes because the noise was just too loud – altough I consider this a brilliant move. The gun noises were so real because they were louder than the rest of the film – and I would imagine they are much louder in real life too. It made me feel like I was in the film, in the war. And it was just horrible. I wanted to cry, I wanted to scream. I hated every second of it.

And that’s why I loved the film.

My usual problem with war/action/fighty films is that they are too long (Dunkirk is only 107 minutes long which I thought was great!) and that I can’t get into them because there’s too much focus on the fight scenes and less on the character psychology. I thought Dunkirk handled this perfectly because there was a lot of… well, war (it was a war film) but I still felt like I understood those characters and I could see there motivations. I felt soooo sad for the French guy but I understood why they wanted to do what they wanted to do.

Denisa and I also talked a lot about our favourite thing about Dunkirk: it felt sort of… poetic. I mean, it was raw and real and scary and horrible but somehow also beautiful and poetic and metaphorical. We loved the soundtrack. We loved the camera. We loved how there wasn’t a huge need for big dialogues and monologues. We loved how Churchill’s final speech was contrasted with the burning plane and the desperation of the soldiers. We loved how in the end you weren’t happy about how good the operation turned out – because the war was still there. We loved how this film managed not to glorify war in any way.

I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give it away but these are my thought about Dunkirk. I honestly loved it and it is definitely one of the best films I saw this year.

And by the way, the answer was yes. Harry Styles can act. He was great – as was the rest of the amazing, wonderful, brilliant cast.

So what are you waiting for? Go see it!

Veronika

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