Robert’s Reviews: Dunkirk

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my and my friend Connor's joined review on the new Christopher Nolan was film Dunkirk. Currently hailed by many to be the greatest film released this year, the story follows multiple different subplots all revolving around the 400,000 men trapped on the beach of Dunkirk and how civilian boats came in and saved the day. Click the link to enjoy the review.

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 15-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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6 Responses

  1. Beverly Stafford says:

    Looking forward to seeing this.  The trailers just sounded like yet another very loud crash-boom movie that wouldn’t interest me.  However, I felt the same way about the trailer of Master and Commander but we sort of forced ourselves to view it – and loved it.

    Thanks, lads.

  2. Richard Christoph says:


    Robert and Connor are the future Siskel and Ebert of their generation and did an excellent job of reviewing Dunkirk. Rarely do I go the theatre to see a film, and even more rarely go alone, but with wife out of town and only $8 to see the 11:15 XD showing on Tuesday, found the experience riveting, profound, and well worth seeing on the big screen.

    I concur completely with the review that these young gentlemen shared with us and would add only that because of the volume of the score and action in XD, some of the dialogue is difficult to hear clearly. All in all, one of the most impressive feats of film making I’ve seen.

    Looking forward to seeing it again with my beloved.


  3. Steve Steve says:

    What is it I’m missing about Dunkirk?  It gets rave reviews.  But I thought it was the most boring wartime movie I’ve ever seen.  It was like a documentary without narration.  Without character relationships or developments, there were no emotional connections to anyone and their personal struggles.  The closest the movie came was with Mr. Dawson, his son Peter and their young friend George.  I didn’t think George’s death worked and seemed like a flimsy attempt to create emotion.  The movie did outline the tragic horrors of war, for me, on a surface level.  I wanted to feel connected to the men who suffered and feel their suffering with them.  At every turn when I thought there might be character development and I would see an emerging story with a soldier, the movie took another turn that left me empty.  I agree with you, Robert.  I have a feeling this movie is going to win Best Picture.  But I don’t know why?  Is it just a feeling of being trapped with death all around and you could be next?  Is it simply a matter of enjoying the movie from the perspective, as you said, “watching real life like you’re a fly on the wall.”  Is it simply survival?  I didn’t feel it was intense and gripping like you did.  I will say the movie had an effect to draw me in, but then always disappointed me.  And I will say the movie hooked me in the beginning with Tommy running through the streets trying to find shelter and save his life.  But when Tommy reached the beach, from then on, I felt like a fish that escaped its hook and was left flopping on the beach in dry sand.  When I saw you were reviewing this movie, I looked forward to hearing your take, because I thought I might realize something about the movie.  But listening to you and Connor, I just didn’t connect with your obvious emotional connections.  Robert, I thought you looked more excited about this review than any I’ve seen you do.  And I was impressed with Connor, also.  It’s the first time I’ve seen him.  But what am I missing?  I was in the Navy during the Vietnam war.  My ship served off the coast of Viet Nam.  I know how it feels to be in a war zone at sea – but not in battle.  Knowing what it feels like to be in a war zone, I wanted to feel the tragedy of being trapped in this wartime ambush.  But I felt abandoned on the beach of Dunkirk.  I have a niece who’s touring Europe right now with her family.  On Monday they’re going to Dunkirk.  I am envious of this, because I think it would be extremely epic to stand on the beach and feel the history that took place there.

  4. Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

    I wanted to go see Dunkirk, but:

    As it was in the beginning

    It now and ever shall be

    Rom-coms without end

    Amen, Amen

    —The Hymn of the Married Moviegoer Dude


  5. Stephanie Luke says:

    I have to agree with “Steve”. Beautifully filmed, fine acting, all that; but emotionally not engaging. I almost feel guilty and ashamed for not being in love with this movie. I’ve read a lot of the reviews and information about Nolan’s penchant for turning the concept of time inside out, but I could never get comfortable with it in this instance.

    That is not to say don’t go see it. Do. It is an important cinematic experience as a part of the maturation of 21st century film. As they say: YMMV.

  6. Steve Steve says:

    Thank you Stephanie.  I was beginning to think that I, and a friend who saw the movie with me, were the only ones who felt the movie was not emotionally engaging.  If a news café offered a “happy face”, I’d be plugging one in here.

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