Starts precisely to the point. No bullshit. France and British militants stuck in Dunkirk, surrounded by enemies. Left with not much to defend, hope for evacuation is their only weapon.
Now, when the opening sequence begins, it gets you hooked instantly with the excellent background score creating the necessary tension and with top-notch cinematography makes you believe that you are in for quite a show. But as the film progresses, it starts loosing its grip. You see repetitive sequences of men travelling in boats and being attacked by 3-4 planes. Yes this happens every time because there are 4-5 planes flying above the sea and you keep seeing them firing at each other and sometimes they target boats carrying soldiers. Its exciting for initial 20 minutes but it looses its grip for next 60 minutes and it again ends up picking itself up in last 20 minutes when the genius shows his full potential as a director showing sovereignty of British empire.
As a director Nolan disappoints this time. A brutal evacuation taking place and that too surrounded by deadly enemies, it didn't look quite bloody as I expected. I was hoping for more violence but there is nothing too graphic about action. I was disappointed.
Nolan is a brilliant writer and one of the strong point of his writing is his character development. Now when we talk about Dunkirk in particular, character development is the movie's weakest point. You never connect with any character, it lacks the required depth. The way this story has been shown, it doesn't let you engage with any particular character. Which results in minimizing the impact of the entire set up.
Hans Zimmer's score helps in some scenes and falters in majority of the parts. After a time, you feel tired and bored of hearing the sounds. Sometimes you feel very irritated.
Cinematography is top-notch and some scenes will leave you awe struck. Its wonderfully filmed and every frame looks beautiful. Full marks for that.
Overall, its a mixed bag. It takes you in between the world war II and Dunkirk evacuation period but after taking you there, it bores you.
I am going out with 2 out of 5. Strictly average.