Among the many stories from World War II, few have talked about The Battle of Dunkirk, at least in my young generation. If you’re unfamiliar with it, like I was, I’ll enlighten you for a moment.
The Battle of Dunkirk lasted only a couple of weeks in late May, early June 1940. It was ultimately lost by the Allied forces, with Germans surrounding the city of Dunkirk. However, it wasn’t the battle that made history. What makes The Battle of Dunkirk such an important moment in history is the retreat. The decision to retreat and fight another day proved to be a pivotal point in the brutal second World War.
Christopher Nolan takes this powerful story and brings it to the big screen with Dunkirk.
As you can see, this is pretty far off the course from Nolan’s most famous works. The filmmaker known for his mind-bending movies like Inception and Interstellar, along with his incredible Batman interpretation in The Dark Knight trilogy, takes his talents to this historical drama. It’s not the first time he’s made realistic, down-to-earth features. His past work with movies like Memento and Insomnia prove he’s more than up to the challenge.
While the Dunkirk trailer holds many incredible scenes, there is one directorial decision that holds the most prominence, to me. Despite having the incredible talents of Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, and Mark Rylance, Dunkirk is not about them. They are in a couple of scenes but the trailer and the movie itself is about the historical impact of this retreat and the men stuck on that beach. Furthermore, the main characters of Dunkirk will be played by unknowns, while the established talents will play the supporting roles.
Dunkirk arrives in theaters July 21, 2017.
What did you take from this trailer?