Milez Das’s review published on Letterboxd:
With my heart beat increasing every second until the projector screens the Warner Bros. Logo on the IMAX screen a long silence spreads around the theater.
Allied Soldiers are surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk, with every breathing soul trying to get on the boat, the intensity starts to increase from air, the land and the sea.
We start to question Will they get out of it? Or are they going to be killed by the next bomb dropped from the air. We never see the enemy, we feel them. We are with the soldiers as every step they take for survival. It almost feels like an visual reality experience.
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk might be his best movie to date. He uses silence so breathtakingly that you are their as a viewer trying to feel every moment. The bullets fired from the plane, the bombs dropped, the waves crashing, the desperation and the fear become everything throughout its runtime.
The dialogues are minimal used when necessary, with Hans Zimmer's exceptional score that pumps every scene to a higher note. The use of every character is done to their purpose as everyone is trying to survive and return home. Nolan never manipulates the drama or uses the score to uplift any emotion
What can I say more about this movie as I am finding hard to find the right words to describe it. Dunkirk is a movie that has to be experienced on the big screen. It brings a different narrative structure, it tells about a event that happened where Survival was the victory. Nolan never shows the enemy, even in the air where we see Tom Hardy putting down the planes of the enemy.
Dunkirk is breathtaking in its visuals. For to say it really is an visual masterpiece to be exact. I was so overwhelmed when the movie ended that I stayed until the end credits finished and the screen turned black. I was clapping when Christopher Nolan's name came on the screen with the rest of the audience. This was also the first time I felt proud of the audience I was sitting with. There was not a word or the phone ringing throughout the movie. Everyone was so focused while watching the movie. This might be the first time many of them have heard about Dunkirk.
The scene of Mr. Dawson an English citizen who sails his yacht with his son Peter and his friend George to Dunkirk picking up every soldier they can floating out in the sea from the boat which has sinked down from the bombing. Mr. Dawson makes it plain and straight about his aim to go to Dunkirk as he explains it to the Shivering Soldier. He also explains to his son that the soldier might never recover from what he has experienced here.
Lee Smith's editing becomes the most important part of this movie for its structure and how it is told. As it being in the three parts binding together in a runtime of 107 minutes. Hoyte van Hoytema's cinematography brings in the rawness of the situation where one ends other arises. The scenes from the air are simply breathtaking with planes crashing or the scenes in the cockpit. Tom Hardy brings in his brilliant performance which made me cheer, grasping for breath and cry.
Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles are really excellent in their roles brining in the nature of their characters in this situation they are in.
Dunkirk is Nolan's best work to date, Masterpiece to be exact.