By George M. Thomas
It’s spectacular filmmaking without an emphasis on any one character. In the case of DUNKIRK, its story is the one large character looming throughout with actors playing their roles without the benefit of grandeur and long-winded speeches that sometimes typify what audiences and filmmakers believe a war film to be.
Director Christopher Nolan assumes the mission of telling the story of DUNKIRK, a World War II battle that could have been epically disastrous for European Allied forces. The result is stunning – breathtaking cinematography and the telling of the story from multiple perspectives.
On the ground, we watch as two soldiers in particular do almost anything they can to survive the continued assault on them and their colleagues as they try to evacuate DUNKIRK. Their experience provides enough drama so that Nolan, who also wrote the script, doesn’t have to provide it via artificial means.
Oscar winner Mark Rylance (BRIDGE OF SPIES) brings to the forefront the tales of the sea as he portrays Mr. Dawson, a dutiful British citizen answer the call for civilians with boats to help ferry some of the 400,000 soldiers from DUNKIRK via their vessels.