Pupil Contributions, Clifton College

Pupil Contributions, Clifton College

 Anna Matthews: 04/12/2017

Dunkirk is a film, directed by Christopher Nolan, about the evacuation of the British forces in 1940 from Dunkirk, as its name suggests. Throughout the film, Nolan cleverly interchanges between three different perspectives of the operation; from the land, from the sea, and from the air, thus creating a complete and varied account. Whilst these do not coincide chronologically throughout the duration of the film, playing out over a week, a day and an hour before the evacuation,  the three tales tie together at the end of the film.

In order to successfully convey an atmosphere of constant sobriety and the men’s tension, Nolan uses little dialogue and relies largely on Hans Zimmer’s music score to convey emotion and match the action.Harry Styles, a former One Direction member makes an impressive appearance as a young soldier trying to evacuate, acting as convincingly as he sings.

I would definitely recommend watching Dunkirk, for I feel that it is imperative for one to gain an understanding for the operation and tragedy that was Dunkirk, and this film glamorizes it as little as is possible for a film.