This past weekend marked the release of Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic, “Dunkirk.”
The movie portrays the infamous miracle at Dunkirk, that saw a large portion of the British army escape utter defeat as the Germans rapidly advanced in to destroy the trapped army.
World War II veteran Ken Sturdy worked for the Royal Navy as a signal man and was at Dunkirk during the evacuation.
The veteran commended the movie for accurately portraying the violence, but said that it brought back a lot of horrific memories of friends he lost during the war.
See the Dunkirk trailer below:
100 Percent Fed Up reports:
One of the most indelible images in “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s brilliant new film, is of a British plane in flames. The movie recounts an early, harrowing campaign in World War II that took place months after Germany invaded Poland and weeks after Hitler’s forces started rolling into the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The plane, having glided to a stop, has been defiantly set ablaze by the pilot to avoid its being captured. It’s an image of unambiguous defeat but also an emblem of resistance and a portent of the ghastly conflagrations still to come.
It’s a characteristically complex and condensed vision of war in a movie that is insistently humanizing despite its monumentality, a balance that is as much a political choice as an aesthetic one. And “Dunkirk” is big — in subject, reach, emotion and image. Mr. Nolan shot and mostly finished it on large-format film (unusual in our digital era), which allows details to emerge in great scale. Overhead shots of soldiers scattered across a beach convey an unnerving isolation — as if these were the last souls on earth, terminally alone, deserted. (Seen on a television, they would look like ants.) Film also enriches the texture of the image; it draws you to it, which is crucial given the minimalist dialogue.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go out and see it. It’s truly a masterpiece and the least we can do to honor the many soldiers who lost their lives at Dunkirk.