We’ve been to the movies – Dunkirk

TRH (The Retired Husband) and I went to the movies today – again. Our taste in movies is like night and day. I’m not a big fan of what I call ‘mindless violence’ movies. However, I am a lone  female in a household of three men who enjoy the  bang, bang stuff. Which means  I have seen my fair share of them over the years. Two weeks ago we went to see Dunkirk.

This well known world war two battle was portrayed from a very different, and more personal perspective through the eyes of several main characters. I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong. There was still plenty of the gruesome war stuff in it. However, the focus was far more strongly aligned with the emotional impact of war.  It was, as these kinds of movies always are, a sobering reminder of the horrors of war. And a testament to how extreme conditions either build or break a human character.

Today we went to see a sci-fi  movie, War for the Planet of the Apes. Many years ago there used to be a TV mini series that we watched every week, following the story of Caesar.

This too was surprising in that its focus was to a large extent on the emotional impact of inter-species conflict. And how extreme conditions, prejudice, fear and hatred can either build or break beings whether they be human or ape.  In this instance the apes won hands down.

On a lighter note, there is some light comic relief provided by Bad Ape who turns out to be a reluctant hero. Interestingly, Caesar for most of the movie, is the only one who speaks in English.  The others grunt and sign their way through, beginning to develop language by the end of the movie. And humans lose their language skills.

Caesar sets out on a mission of revenge when his family is slaughtered. He is joined by three of his friends – a gorilla, a chimpanzee and an orangutan. The orangutan is cute and cuddly. Even the gorilla shows his soft side. And the chimpanzee sacrifices his life to save his friends.

There is much food for thought in this one. It does not portray humans in a good light at all. A sobering thought given the current global events.

Did I enjoy the movies? Can’t say that I did. They’re not the kind of movies you go to see for fun. Well, at least I don’t.  I would have preferred a good comedy or an animated movie.

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
“Peace is the only battle worth waging”- Albert Camus

12 thoughts on “We’ve been to the movies – Dunkirk

  1. Oh, no. I refuse to see any more war or ape movies. My husband and sons love them. They make me sad. I’d rather see humor and dysfunctional families and romance and non gory comical action. Night and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz was a good fun action flick. So I’d prefer to say home lately and watch Stitchers or Dedicated Survivor, Elementary,The Middle, Modern Family and such. I just saw The Glass Castle which is from a book which I read. The book was better, in my humble opinion. But, but but, my favorite thing to watch is This Is Us. You can see it on Netflix from the beginning. I can’t wait for the new season to begin. So Good!
    There you have it. As close to a review as I ever give. Just my little ol opinion.

    1. I have found a movies kindred spirit 🙂 Sometimes I still get ‘guilted’ into going along. I sit with my eyes closed for the gory bits… to his credit TRH reluctantly comes along with me sometimes to watch the latest animated movies. Or I go alone and pretend to be a kid allowed out by myself 🙂

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