Dunkirk is one of those films that had me gripping the edge of my seat in anticipation. I loved every minute of the award winning Christopher Nolan war film (actually I heard that Nolan refers to it more as a thriller than a war film.) The constant ticking throughout the film and lack of dialogue all added to the atmosphere of suspension and made me feel like I was part of the film, as if I was on Dunkirk beach running beside our leading character Tommy ( Fionn Whitehead.) Hans Zimmer created such a powerful soundtrack that heightened your adrenaline and had you fearing what would come next.
I loved all of the strong performances but especially enjoyed father and son portrayal (Mark Rylance and Tom Glynn Carney.) The subtle glances the two made to eachother was endearing and I loved that they communicated with expressions rather than words. Cillian Murphy's shell- shock soldier was splendid and I felt real sympathy for a man that after all just wanted to go home. Newcomers Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles also stood out for me, the harshness and desperation to stay alive from Harry's character Alex was unnerving and brilliantly acted and the lost young innocent soldier of Tommy was outstanding. While watching the film you begin to wonder how on earth these young boys barely out of school are going to survive and you root for their survival knowing that not all of them will make it out alive from the terrors of Dunkirk beach. Also to mention,
Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden were fantastic as spitfire pilots and made me feel exceptionally nervous as they dived and swept to avoid the enemy.
Overall Dunkirk is one of my favorite films and I can officially now say that I am a huge Christopher Nolan fan. I love his attention to detail and his superb story telling that captivates you from start to finish. His interwoven scenes and the structure of the film was easy to follow and shows a unique perspective on each of the characters. The whole cast was perfect and gave strong performances and I came out of the cinema instantly wanting to see it again.