DUNKIRK Review & Analysis

Dunkirk is a rare movie that manages to use war as a setting without exploiting the blood and gore that traditionally accompanies the genre.  Instead, director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) relies on thematic opposites of silence and music, water and fire, to create a sense of dramatic tension that rarely falters for nearly two hours.

While inspired by a true story, fictionalized characters stand in for the real heroes of Dunkirk.  During World War II, Allied troops were stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk, France.  The troops were rapidly losing ground and couldn’t evacuate by water because the war ships were too large to venture close to the shore.  Desperate, the British requisitioned civilian boats to sail across the channel, bringing home more nearly 400,000 men.

This is not only their story, but the story of heroes who come in all shapes and sizes.  If Dunkirk manages to teach us anything, it’s that heroism is not relegated to a specific few and that bravery is a choice.

Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh.

For more about Dunkirk, take a look below:


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THE BFG Review & Analysis

Book-to-movie adaptations are tricky work.  What works in a book may not translate well to screen and that’s where Steven Spielberg‘s THE BFG stumbles.  Each individual element of the movie seems like it should work, from the two time Oscar winner production designer Rick Carter to last year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the title character.  The music is beautiful as well.  However, bringing realistic-looking giants to life when they eat children is a tricky proposition since visuals like that take the movie squarely out of the “family friendly” camp.  THE BFG lacks the darker elements of the story, and that’s part of what makes it a bit dull.

The young girl who plays Sophie, Ruby Barnhill, doesn’t quite mesh with Mark Rylance‘s Big Friendly Giant.  Their cadence is different and at times they seem to talk at each other vs with each other.  The character of Sophie who worked well in the book comes off in the movie as a slightly unlikable know-it-all.

For an in-depth analysis of the themes in THE BFG, take a look below:

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