On May 26, 1940, over 400,000 British soldiers found themselves stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk, France. Outnumbered and surrounded by German artillery, these young men were in a hopeless situation. That was until hundreds of civilian boats came to their rescue. This came to be known as the Miracle of Dunkirk. Christopher Nolan recreates this moment of heroism in Dunkirk, a multi-layered tale of heroism in the face of overwhelming hopelessness.
I’ve already praised this film as my favourite of 2017, so it makes it a challenge to say anything new about it. Fortunately, the film’s three storylines offer a unique reviewing opportunity. So, I divide this review by plotlines.