The last of the big summer dance music festivals roll out this August and Londoners will be out getting as much sun and pounding techno as they can handle. To some it’s an ideal way of keeping the continental holiday vibe going. To others it’s a great springboard for a late season getaway. Festivals are becoming more about catching up and making plans with friends than an end to themselves and that is generally a good thing. There’s no time for antisocial behaviour with all those good vibes flowing around.
A star-studded representation of British acting talent tackle something that the Hollywood system usual avoids like the plague: namely a military defeat. As a retreat from Europe after a disastrous campaign, Dunkirk might well be a metaphor for our times, but that would be selling the bravery of those who fought their way to short. Dunkirk was about evacuating troops instead of letting them surrender and was therefore a beacon of hope in even the darkest of times.
Director, Christopher Nolan doesn’t flinch from depicting the horror and misery endured by allied troops as they provided target practice to the Germans as they waited to be evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches. Individual acts of heroism provide the sharpest focus as even the most mundane comforts are celebrated as acts of defiance. The term “Dunkirk spirit” is often overused, especially in relation to frivolous situations like sporting encounters, and hopefully this film might correct some of these glib sentiments. www.odeon.co.uk
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