Dunkirk, reviewed by Peter Malone, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting
DUNKIRK. UK, 2017. Starring Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Keoghan, Harry styles, Aneurin Barnard, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowdon. Directed by Christopher Nolan. 106 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language).
Yes, writer-director Christopher Nolan immerses his audience in the experience of Dunkirk.
By filming in 70 mm and so much available for IMAX screen format, this is a particularly vivid recounting of that fateful week in 1940 when an invasion of Britain seemed not only possible but imminent. The rescue of the British soldiers stranded on the beach in Dunkirk, across the English Channel, has become part of British history, World War II history, and part of a proud British heritage. It is almost 80 years since these events and younger and many older audiences will be not so familiar with them. Here is an opportunity to experience and learn.