What Went Wrong With Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk'

What Went Wrong With Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk'

Dunkirk did not live up to it's hype.

When I first heard about Dunkirk, I did some extensive research. I'd never heard about the Battle of Dunkirk so I was excited to learn some personal stories about the soldiers through the movie. I learned that the battle begun on May 26, 1940 and ended nine days later. The battle was fought in order to evacuate British and French soldiers from the Nazis. There was so much reading to be done that I decided it'd be best to just wait and watch the movie when it came out; but, boy was I disappointed.

The thing that makes a successful movie is the connection we as an audience make with the characters and their story. Hacksaw Ridge shows the incredible, true story of Desmond T. Doss, a soldier who refused to use a weapon due to his religious beliefs. Saving Private Ryan brought us "fubar," something we all muttered as we cried our way through the final battle scene. Lastly, Fury reminded us what it's like to be a scared teenager just trying to do the right thing. These World War II movies made you cheer for the heroes, cry for their loses, and reflect on the tragic events that took place – no matter if the movie was a true story or not.

They also provided insight on what was going on before and after the movie. It would show the location, year, and what was going on during that time in the war. At the end, pictures of the real soldiers would appear and some comments about their rest of their life would be beside the photo. Then some facts about the war would come next, describing what happened after said battle was finished. The audience gathered some information on the war and the characters (if they were real people).

Dunkirk didn't do any of that. The movie starts was a brief mention of where the soldiers are, who they are with and where they are headed. That's probably the only real information provided for the audience. I felt incredibly lost because I had no idea why the soldiers were there in the first place, how long they'd been there, what had happened to all their ships and no names were given. This only continues on and on throughout the film. I went to see it with my dad and the both of us would look over at one another to ask,"What's going on?" One of the big issues I had was the fact that only one name was mentioned which was the name of a young boy who was killed quite quickly in. It's a sad event, but I was hoping to learn more about the men fighting or trying to survive on Dunkirk.

The lack of names bothered me because that's the first step to making the connection to a character. Most of the movie follows Fionn Whitehead, but I had no clue what his name was, his role as a soldier, his role in the movie altogether or why he was just suddenly being followed by Harry Styles' character. There was nothing there to provide insight, and it was growing more and more frustrating. Tom Hardy's character was a bad ass pilot who sacrifices himself to save many but, again, no name. I would have loved to learn more about who Hardy was playing and what happened when he was captured in the end. Of course, I didn't. I never understood why anything happened to their characters, and felt like I was playing a permanent game of catch-up during the movie.

The film left me with more questions than it even bothered to answer. One of the biggest reasons why I wanted to see Dunkirk – besides being a One Direction fan and wanting to show my support for Harry Styles – was to learn about the Battle of Dunkirk. Instead, I felt like I learned nothing and was better on reading about it on wikipedia. The scenery was breathtaking and it proved to be a grueling week for the soldiers, but I knew nothing about the brave men who were stuck on Dunkirk. Dunkirk did not raise to the expectations the movies mentioned earlier have provided, instead it seemed to be something pretty forgettable. I guess I'll have to find out about the Battle of Dunkirk somewhere else.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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