Dunkirk: A Film Review.

Dunkirk. It’s 1940. World War Two.

You’re surrounded by German soldiers, your only hope of escape is to sea. But there aren’t enough boats. Your comrades have been gunned down, killed or captured. Everyone is an enemy. Even the men that are supposed to be on your side, are suspicious. War has warped your mind. You’ve become distrustful, you’re terrified the next moment your eyes open will be the last time you see the sky.

You’re 18. Maybe younger, maybe older. You’ve barely lived and you’ve seen the worst of humanity. If you run, the world will see you as a coward. If you stay you’re brave. You don’t feel like either. You’re battered and bruised, hungry and thirsty. Dirt and blood cover your body. When you return home, if you return home, the operation will be called a “military disaster”.

Who comes to save you?


The film isn’t about winning. It isn’t about us vs them. It’s not about patriotic soldiers. No. It showcases, without having to show the bodies, the brutality of war. In comparison to other war epics, like Saving Private Ryan which is very close to the vein in its telling of war, we are not protected from the ghastly horrors of war, Dunkirk may not show the deaths in such graphic sequences, but the impact is just as powerful. Bodies drop. People are blown up. People disappear.

War is brutal. Death does not discriminate. It’s quick. The men standing next to you may be the last you ever see. You may never see the sun again. You may never eat again. Your best friend is shot or worse within seconds. The fast-paced nature of characters dropping and disappearing from the screen shows just how awful war is, without needing to see the bodies.

One minute they’re there and the next they’re not.

They don’t have time to mourn. They don’t have time to stop. As much as their hearts scream, their minds beg to help, they have to keep moving.

English soldiers turn on French soldiers. Survival is brutal. For Harry Styles’ character, Alex, who shows anger, fear, remorse, desperation, gratitude, survival is not fair. It’s not fair to sacrifice the few for the many to live. But that is what happens in the film. Many are lost, many are swept away in fire, water or gunfire. Some commit suicide. Some runaway.

For Fionn Wihtehead’s character, Tommy, survival is not about sacrificing those who help him. He was willing to side with a soldier who wouldn’t speak, revealed later to be French, Gibson, Aneurin Barnard’s character.

Each soldier has a different outlook, for Tom Hardy’s character, his main purpose was to take out enemy planes that attacked the soldiers on the ground, while his comrade, Officer Collins, played by Jack Lowden, has more of an emotional storyline, rescued by a father and son who take their civilian boat out, along with many others to rescue the soldiers at Dunkirk.

And for George, who dies at sea, is a young man, stuck in a place that he shouldn’t be in. Like many of these soldiers, for example Cillian Murphy’s character, war has shaken them to the bone. It is not what has been droned into their minds through propaganda. It’s horrible.

Then, home comes for them. When all other attempts failed, the people rallied and pushed themselves into a dangerous situation.

It Comes At Night: A Film Reviews.

Disclaimer: This review is in no way sending hate towards those who took part in the film. This is purely my reaction to the film itself and what happens. 

It Comes At Night was one of those thriller/horror films that I had been waiting for. I thought based off the trailer that it would be frightening and entertaining, dark and strange. And while it was all of those things, I didn’t like it. At first, it started off with an interesting, yet not unseen premise.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: A Film Review.

Spider-Man: Homecoming recently swung its way onto our screens and while there have been many, many versions of the familiar tale, this was by far the best.

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Wonder Woman: A Film Review.

Wonder Woman was an action packed, emotive, empowering and wonderfully plotted film.

As the first superhero film to be directed by a woman in the DC universe, along with it being a superhero film focussed on a female lead, it swept its way to the tops of peoples to watch list. It proved to be a highly anticipated film that pleased and wowed audiences. I was incredibly excited to watch this film, Wonder Woman is not only a strong, intelligent, emotive, fierce, loving and self-sacrificing woman, she is also grounded in human feelings, despite not being one of the race she defends.

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Lion: A Film Review.

Lion was a beautiful film.

Thought provoking, emotional and heart-warming, it questioned what and who we call home. It focuses on a young boy named Saroo who goes missing and travels far and wide from his hometown in India, Ganesh Talai. He grew up in the suburbs with his mother, older brothers and younger sister. Living in poor conditions, Saroo and Guddu would beg at the railway station for food and sold things found on the floors of train carriages. In what is a deprived but loving life, full of heart, Saroo finds himself following in his brother’s footsteps.

And then it all goes wrong.

When he wakes up from a nap waiting for his brother to return after a night job, he finds that he is alone and boards a train he thinks Guddu is on. He wasn’t. From there, Saroo is thrust into an unknown world, full of frightening people and life-threatening situations; he sees things that no child should ever have to witness. He spends the night at a railway station with a group of children, and yet those children were taken by a group of men.

The film highlights the dark, cruel side of India. A lot of films that centre on India, especially Bollywood, seem to showcase India as being this beautiful paradise and while, there are wonderful places there, as there are in all countries, it is not a perfect fairy tale land of love and songs in fields.

It is a corrupt and festering place, where children are sold as slaves and forced into a life of horror and pain. A place where children are exploited and abused. Where the poor are discarded as lesser. Where the colour of your skin dictates how far you get in life. Where people are forced to live by a caste system. It is a place where police officers are corrupt and are paid off while innocent people are picked off like insects.

And then, when Saroo is faced with a glimmer of hope, it is taken from him. He ends up at an orphanage where children are beaten, raped and forced to do things no child should have to do.

So, it is no shock when he realises that he’s been picked out to be adopted by two Australian people. From there, he finds love and life in a new place, a new family. It is not all resolved however, Saroo may have fallen in love, found himself in a new world, made friendships and found love for his adoptive parents, but the tug of home is still strong.

And twenty-five years later, he finds his birth mother.

Gifted: A Film Review.

Gifted was a lovely exploration into family dynamics, especially one that has been twisted and turned on its head. It focuses on a young girl named Mary Adler who is a remarkable child, a mathematical genius and a wonder to watch unfold on screen.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: A Film Review.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a fun, wonderful and emotive film.

All of the characters were grounded in their emotions – Peter who is troubled and lost after the loss of his mother, the absence of his father, Gamora is plagued by her childhood and father, Drax by the death of his family, Rocket by the experiments he was subjected to and Baby Groot who is just so damn adorable – and that is what made this film so different and compelling. These warriors, who go off and defend the galaxy (and sometimes steal and a lot of the time get into trouble), were, at their hearts, broken, stitched together by flimsy string, depending on each other for love and support.

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