Dunkirk Movie Review

Dallas Mercurio, Magazine Editor

Dunkirk, a historical thriller and drama released in early June this year, definitely deserves a spot on your To Be Watched List. Besides Harry Styles being a part of this movie, the suspenseful directing and intriguing timeline will keep you on the edge of your seat for every scene.

The movie follows the evacuation of Dunkirk, a small beach town in Northern France, that happened from May 26, 1940 to June 4, 1940. German troops were closing in on the Allied Forces, and the soldiers were under fire from German air strikes. The large destroyer ships of the Allies were being shot down by German fighter pilots, and were unable to reach the shores of Dunkirk. The British Navy instead, used smaller ships and civilian boats to sail across the Strait of Dover to rescue the British soldiers. When the operation was completed, 198,000 British soldiers and 140,000 French and Belgian soldiers were successfully rescued. Although the movie implies that all of the troops were saved, in reality, many French and Belgian troops were left behind and made prisoners of war by the Nazis.

Personally, I enjoyed the historical aspect, although not entirely accurate, and how the story followed three separate timelines. This part was a bit confusing, but after figuring out how the three timelines worked, this aspect only added to Dunkirk’s movie-going experience. However, I would have liked to know before hand what each timeline was about, so here is my explanation for any moviegoers who don’t want to be confused. The first timeline ran through a week on the beach of Dunkirk, or “The Mole” and followed a soldier named Tommy. The second timeline was an hour in the air, following the British fighter pilots. The third timeline was over the span of a day, following a civilian ship that was on a rescue mission across the Strait of Dover to Dunkirk. The three timelines intertwine with one another at the end of the movie, but beforehand, the switching between each timeline’s transition was choppy and was not always clear.

Regardless of the confusing timelines, I still recommend Dunkirk. Seeing it opened my eyes to the horrors of war, especially those atrocities that occurred during the second World War. Dunkirk may not have made sense all the time but the message behind it: that war is something messy and complicated and not to be glorified, is a universal theme any nation who has had conflict will understand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-eMt3SrfFU (link to trailer)