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DUNKIRK . . . was it good for you?

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We watched Dunkirk on opening day in an IMAX theatre where the sound system vibrates your seat and unless you’re sitting in the back three rows it’s difficult to take in the entire panorama. The only thing missing was the sprays of water like you get in the Pirates of the Caribbean theatre in Disney World. In retrospect I wish I’d watched it in a regular movie theatre as my head kept bobbing around trying to take everything in and the volume level gave me a headache. According to the reviews it’s a great movie. While I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. And a couple of friends who also saw it on opening day shared my reaction. We really didn’t think it measured up to the hype.

The movie focuses on the activities of a small number of soldiers and civilians who played a role in the Dunkirk evacuation in early June 1940 at the beginning of the war, before America was involved. When allied troops were defeated and driven to the western shores of France, the navy commissioned every type of civilian owned fishing and pleasure craft to cross the English Channel and retrieve 300,000 allied troops from the shallow beaches, not accessible by military ships. It was a massive civilian effort and allowed the allies to bring the men home to regroup and rebuild to again face the enemy. The action centres on a hospital ship, a few battle ships, three Spitfires and their pilots, the crew of a civilian pleasure boat used in the rescue and half a dozen ground troops who were trying to escape France. The story is filmed from three perspectives, the shore troops, the Spitfire pilots and one civilian rescue boat. The actors playing the ground troops were all good-looking young men with dark hair and I had trouble telling them apart. Despite the use of a title screen showing which day it was, I was confused by the switching from day to night and back to day again. I’m a proponent of chronological order.

What they left behind.

The threats, challenges and dangers were accurately and brutally depicted. The tension was high and the action seemed real but personally, I found the focus too narrow. Considering the availability of employing extensive special effects to recreate the horror and scale of the evacuation, the movie makes the Dunkirk evacuation look smaller than it really was. The allies abandoned thousands of vehicles and tonnes of military equipment in the chaos, which was not depicted in the movie. Filmed on location at Dunkirk, the beaches are pristine with long lines of quiet soldiers standing in the water awaiting rescue. I would have liked a few real-life old newsreel shots of the actual evacuation thrown in at the end of the movie to tie everything together. Perhaps my judgement is unduly harsh and I have a feeling my impression may not represent the majority of movie goers. There will be a great deal of esoteric analysis of the film by Christopher Nolan. Was it moving? Was it representative? Did we get the meaning? When you see the movie, let me know what you think. I was rather underwhelmed.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

4 thoughts on “DUNKIRK . . . was it good for you?

  1. Now I thought it was really good. It was amazing to see how much a movie can convey using a minimum of dialog. And funnily enough, the time disparities didn’t bother me either. There was a brief setup in the titles that gave you the 1 week, 1 day, 1 hour sequence but I got caught up in the story and it didn’t seem to matter. How many times was the scruffy private going to land back on the beach again?

    I was caught up in it right to the very last scene, which you know is going to happen but you still have to see.

    It was far too loud and I agree, Lynda, the beach was far too clean and unchaotic. Thanks for posting the picture of the real thing.

    I recommended this movie to my Dad who is about to be 90 and is profoundly deaf. I think it’s a movie that he will enjoy because he will be able to follow the story without subtitles or fussing about how much of the dialog he’s missing out on.

    Lastly, Mark Rylance is one of my favourite actors and he put in his usual understated but good performance as the little boat captain. I viewed the name actors in this as part of a repertory cast and found it nice that they didn’t dominate the piece.

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  2. Totally agree with you……I thought Hacksaw Ridge was a much better war movie than Dunkirk and better depicted the raw emotion and surroundings of what it felt like to be in those trenches. My award would go to Hacksaw over Dunkirk, however worth seeing for yourself.

    Gail from Oakville

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    • I’ve been trying to find it on On-Demand. Definitely want to see that one. Curious to see what others thought of Dunkirk. Thanks.

      Sent from my iPad Lynda Davis Follow me at: boomerbroadcast.net

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