Dunkirk ★★★★

Forging on-screen brothers out of blonde and black-haired allies, but also fleeting enemies during the intense struggle for survival, Dunkirk casts similar-looking actors in interchangeable roles, presenting soldiers as limping cannon fodder who become practically faceless in the line of duty. Studying and toying with the oddities of war, Nolan fascinates over the hysteria behind the promise of certain death and his intelligence produces a scepticism for male gallantry that is undercut solely by the heroism of his closing chapter. While streams of men crumple with their hands above their heads, Dunkirk crafts heroes out of scarce individuals whose experience goes entirely unmatched by those thrown into the belly of the beast.

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