It's Oscar week so it seems like the perfect time for me to chime in with my thoughts on Oscar contender, Dunkirk
opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. The story unfolds on land, sea and air. RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel, trying to protect the defenseless men below. Meanwhile, hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians are mounting a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army.
It seems like no matter how many history classes I took, we never made it past World War I. So, much like The Crown
, I watched Dunkirk
as much to learn as to be entertained.
I was both.
First of all, the movie is beautifully shot. From the beaches of France to the White Cliffs, everything looks amazing. In fact, if this weren't a war movie, it would serve as a wonderful European travelogue.
Director Christopher Nolan clearly had a vision for this film. His use of nameless pilots, soldiers and sailors gives the viewer a wonderful narrative entry point for this singular moment in history. The story unfolds with minimal dialogue and maximum impact as we watch the characters deal with the ravages of war.
The home video release of Dunkirk
contains a slew of extras, including:
- Creation: Revisiting the Miracle
- Creation: Dunkerque
- Creation: Expanding the Frame
- Creation: The In-Camera Approach
- Land: Rebuilding the Mole
- Land: The Army On the Beach
- Land: Uniform Approach
- Air: Taking to the Air
- Air: Inside the Cockpit
- Sea: Assembling the Naval Fleet
- Sea: Launching the Moonstone
- Sea: Taking to the Sea
- Sea: Sinking the Ships
- Sea: The Little Ships
- Conclusion: Turning Up the Tension
- Conclusion: The Dunkirk Spirit
As you prepare for the big awards ceremony this weekend, give Dunkirk a look. You'll be glad you did.
Dunkirk is available now from Warner Brothers on on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.