Film Review: Dunkirk

Valerie Arevalos, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Successfully acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan has managed to never disappoint fans thus far. The Golden Globe Award winner for Best Director and Academy Award winner for Best Picture on his 2011 film, Inception have not been given in vain, and as a result, raised high expectations for his newest film, Dunkirk.

Released over the summer on July 21, Dunkirk brought it approximately $55.4M during its opening weekend.

Dunkirk included the appearances of Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy as well as several other recognizable faces, and even featured major roles to first timers, like the protagonist, Fionn Whitehead and heartthrob, Harry Styles.

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But as high as your expectations of the filmmaker and cast may be, there’s a chance the film itself is even better.

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The film was written from the viewpoint of British soldiers during the battle of Dunkirk during World War II, where the German troops trapped the French and British in the beaches of Dunkirk.

Dunkirk is focused on several stories, simultaneously. The main stories include that of Tom Hardy, a Spitfire Pilot and his view of Dunkirk from above; Cillian Murphy and his evident signs of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) at the mention of returning to Dunkirk, after managing to leave; and finally, Fionn Whitehead and his hard journey to find his exit from Dunkirk.

With a 93% score from Rotten Tomatoes, one of the most fastidious movie rating sites, Christopher Nolan’s film, “serves up emotionally satisfying spectacle, delivered by a writer-director in full command of his craft and brought to life by a gifted ensemble that honors the fact-based story.”

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