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Yesterday we went to see 'Dunkirk'. Verdict? A great film, but it won't be to everyone's taste.

The cinematography was stunning, especially the Spitfire sequences - and the Merlin engine noise was spot on, as was the soft, bright early summer light you get on the Channel coast. The acting was brilliantly understated, and the casting of relative unknowns as the soldiers being rescued was a stroke of genius, because it eliminated any sense of 'Oh, he has to survive, because he's played by x'. The construction of the film is clever (although that's one of the bits which not everyone will like) with three storylines playing concurrently then converging at one point chronologically and geographically, although the timescales covered in the film are different. One hour in the air, one day at sea, several days on the beach.

If you're expecting a Hollywood style representation of war and heroics, you'll be disappointed. This film tries to show how it was, rather than how a scriptwriter might have liked it to be. I shall watch it again. And again.
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