Dunkirk

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Intense, challenging story shows the horrors of war.

PG-13 2017 106 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 57 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 141 reviews

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age 10+

You People Dont Understand This Movie

I have seen many reviews on this movie that are very wrong. For starters the reason there is little dialogue is because there doesn't need to be. The movie feeds on paranoia and tension that it does create very well. Another complaint I saw was that we saw none of the planing behind the operation, but we don't need to. This movie is from the soldiers perspective. To answer another complaint, the soldiers don't need to be saying Nazi and Hitler every 10 seconds because at the moment they could care less about world politics. The reason the Luftwaffe is seemingly faceless is because to the soldiers on the ground they are. And if you say that this movie overuses CGI you have many parts of your brain missing. Nolan made a massive effort to make this all practical effects. The planes were real, the ships were real, the explosions were real. The reason it docent look like 400000 men on the beach is because it's kinda hard to get 400000 people to work on your movie. All those people are real and not a single on of them is fake. The movie does make some bad explanations for things like why they arent getting run down by tanks is because they can kill the Allies with planes. In reality their some of the bravest men in the war (in my opinion) holding the line knowing they would all be executed when the fighting was over. And the town should be a bombed out husk but they shot on the real city of Dunkirk France so they couldn't just wreck the city. My point is, just do some research before you rate these movies. Take some time to learn about the politics than watch this and it will be an amazing movie.
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age 14+

Very loud and very sad

A loud film that intersperses egregious silence with bombastic explosions. The film follows many people and perspectives and does so seamlessly. The replication of the desperation felt by those on the sand and of the officers in charge who maintained order under extreme duress. The individual stories were interesting and captivating but somehow I did not feel that it gelled well together. The performances were strong and the moral quandaries were consistent with the stress of life or death but somehow the vignettes did not congeal well.

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