Why Dunkirk is Meh

Key Facts:

  • Directed by Christopher Nolan in 2017
  • Starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden
  • Musical score by Hans Zimmer

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What are people raving about?

There are three types of people when it comes to war movies:

  1. A person who appreciates war movies
  2. People who are planning to see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  3. People who ask if Dunkirk is an arts film

I comply with the first option (and let’s be honest, the second one too). But I can’t help but feel that there’s something lacking in this movie. Don’t get me wrong, the cinematography and musical score (thank you Hans) are great. The fighter plane skirmishes are really cool, especially the scenes with the U-Boat torpedo (which I will not spoil).

But it’s the comradery between soldiers that’s missing. Maybe it’s more realistic this way, definitely seems to be the case.  That being said, the comradery between soldiers was one of my favorite parts of Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan. This gives rise to more suspense and emotions because the viewer cares about these relationships. It becomes more important because the relationship is threatened by war.

Even the characters themselves seem like blank slates with little personality. As I started to write this review, I realized that I don’t even remember their names. I don’t know anything about them, which leaves me feeling a little mixed.

It’s a good Christopher Nolan film, but it pales in comparison to the Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar.


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( 3 / 5 )


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One thought on “Why Dunkirk is Meh

  • I agree with your review. I just finished watching the movie and it was… indeed very depressing. Like you mentioned, there were some elements missing. Comradery was one of them for sure.

    That being said, I did enjoy the movie but I probably wouldn’t watch it again.

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