Genre Grandeur – Dunkirk (2017) – Movie Reviews 101

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Historical True Story Films, here’s a review of Dunkirk (2017)  by Darren of Movie Reviews 101

Thanks again to Vinnie of Vinnie H. for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Jeanette of The Mundane Adventures of a Fangirl and it is 80’s Fantasy Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jeanette!

Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:


Dunkirk (2017)

When it comes to movies that are based on true history, I knew there was no other option, sure we have many films which show historical figures, teams and icons, but I picked the one that showed a moment, a moment which changed history as we know it. When the British soldiers had their banks against the ocean, the country came together to bring them home.

For me as an English man this moment in history is closer to the heart, I had a Grandfather that fought and never recovered from his time in World War II, Christopher Nolan decided not to introduce us to characters personal lives before and hopefully after the war, which help us understand that these men might never come home, their past or future is no longer important to the survival needed. This is one of the biggest complaints people had with this movie, but for me it adds so much more, because this element is the weakness of Saving Private Ryan.

We do follow three events, we have one week on the beach, as the soldiers wait desperately for rescue, the one day away as we follow one boat heading towards Dunkirk in an attempted rescue and the pilots one hour away from a dog fight to prove cover for the soldiers that are just waiting to be picked off. The timeline comes together as we see the different perspectives of the soldier, captain or pilot.

The cinematography in fantastic and with the score and sound effects we are full engrossed in this pulse pounding story, that will go down as one of Britain’s biggest and most important victories of World War II.

This is actually my first ever repeat trip to the cinema for a movie, this is one movie, I feel will never age, is a must watch for ambitious movie making from a visionary director that has never been afraid to push the boundaries of film making. The Oscar nomination it has received include Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Original Score, totally 8 nominations, I hope it wins big.

I rate this movie 10/10

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