Very often, I don't like films that the critics rave about but this time I am in agreement: the newly released movie "Dunkirk" is excellent! The film is based on an original screenplay by the man who also directed it- Christopher Nolan. In 1998, during the filming of his first movie "Following", he and his then girlfriend (now his wife, Emma Thomas) went across the English channel by boat to retrace the journey of the "little ships" of Dunkirk. This is the first movie that Christopher Nolan has done based on a true historical account, the characters are fiction but the story is very real...
I should hope that everyone knows about the miracle of Dunkirk!
If not, I will direct you to read about it just here.
Two things I want to tell you that won't "spoil" it for you but should actually help you to understand it a bit better...
First, You should know about a "mole". A mole is built out onto the harbor for protection. It is large, usually built of stone, similar to a pier but water cannot flow freely beneath it. It was from the moles that many of the men were taken off. (The docks could not be used, they had been too badly damaged.)
Secondly, after the British had been evacuated, Churchill insisted on going back for the French troops. Over 26,000 French soldiers were rescued on June 4, 1940. (Sadly, between 30,000 to 40,000 were left behind and taken prisoner by the Germans.)
From May 27-June 4, 1940, the total men that were evacuated were 338,226.
I know I haven't said too much about the movie, but that is because I want you to see it for yourself. Remember that we know what came afterward now, but at the time, it must have been seemed very dark for the British Isles. This film makes you feel as if you are living in that time and can experience the despair but then, the hope as the miracle of Dunkirk is revealed. The boost of morale that this generated cannot be underestimated.