Blaine McGaffigan’s review published on Letterboxd :
“Dunkirk” is a ticking time bomb of suspense. This is less war movie and more survival movie. The three storylines of: escape the beach, dog fighting, and civilian heroes by sea are balanced well and interconnect in a very discreet and effective way.
The music heightens the tension to a sharp degree. Underneath the rising score is the constant ticking of a soldier (kid) on edge who hasn’t slept and is just doing everything he can to survive.
These soldiers feel ashamed at the end of not winning the battle, but are luckily celebrated at home for their insane sacrifice.
This is a true passion project for Christopher Nolan, and it hits home with a wide audience.