Dunkirk is a war film, but only from the subject matter in which it depicts. What you will see here is a piece of cinema that breaks ground on the war genre. Nothing is over the top, which you’d expected when the word heroic is mentioned in the synopsis. One scene that depicts this superbly is one of the closing scenes, in which the survivors on screen are greeted with two beers, with most of the commotion being depicted away from the audiences perception. In doing this, Nolan keeps the audience with the reality the characters are facing – ultimately, that Dunkirk is a major military defeat and the heroic welcome they are receiving is unwanted.
There is a lot I could say about this film, from the superb acting (very impressed with Harry Styles), to the action sequences that really were groundbreaking and thankfully lacking in CGI. I must mention the use of sound, which, made this film the wild, anxiety driven ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Go and see this film, you will not be disappointed.