Movie Review: Dunkirk (2017)

Do you like movies of world war settings? That’s because our feature for today is obviously during the period of Hitler, Lebrun and Churchill — entitled Dunkirk.

The Synopsis. In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

Okay, though it’s got a war setting, it’s not actually a war movie; thus, no real bloodshed but just — all running. The creators of the movie says they want it to be suspenseful or something like that. Then again, while most critics liked the film, there were those who were left scratching their heads after getting out of cinemas. Yep, not all movie-goers really enjoyed it — like, it was more of a ‘drama’ film per se than a suspense-thriller sort of thing.

In short, it was kind of boring. 

Not that people loves bloodshed, it’s just that the movie’s intent of exciting us simply didn’t get us to the edge of our seats. The dialogues were just too little. And the supposedly engaging scenarios, just nada. A waste of a musical score.

Could the main actors have something to do with this aura? Partly. They just lacked that ‘cinema effect’, if you know what we mean. And while the concept was there — save for a throng of extras along the shores like just ‘waiting to be bombed’, or those caught in fire at sea — there’s simply not much drama in the movie! Even the gunning down of a plane or the burning of one in the end, it just wasn’t emotionally moving for that matter.

Not to mention some questions on the film’s historical accuracy — like, the yellow paint on the noses of German planes which wasn’t done until after Dunkirk, or the granting of a salute without wearing a military beret; well, these are just little things that we could let go. But, but. If British officers really refused to evacuate French soldiers due to some ‘conflicts’, that’s something else. You don’t do that to allies particularly in times of war!

At the end of the day, think the plot of saving without much bloodshed has a lot to do with its dullness. You know, transferring from boat to boat to avoid attacks and stuff just doesn’t excite many. It just looks tedious. This is just an example of a production that simply failed to bring the audience ‘inside the movie’. And even looking at its box office so far, guess it’s just the hype that made people go to theatres. That’s it.

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