Holly on Hollywood – Dunkirk

Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure


“Dunkirk” takes place in May 1940, when Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. As the Germans repeatedly attempted to bomb the troops helplessly trapped on the beach, shallow waters prevented British destroyers from coming close to rescue them, so the call went out to civilians, with boats, to help ferry the soldiers to safety. In the end, 338,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk.

The PG-13 rating is for mild language and intense and realistic wartime violence but nothing too bloody or graphic. The story jumps around with…


…three different events taking place in one week, one day and one hour. The different perspectives are told through the eyes of a naval officer (Kenneth Branagh), a civilian boat captain (Mark Rylance), a traumatized officer (Cillian Murphy), two hero Air Force pilots (Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden), and a young British soldier (Fionn Whitehead). I couldn’t figure out why there were so many “20-somethings” (especially girls) wanting to see a WWII movie – then I realized it was the pop star Harry Styles (of the boy band One Direction), who plays a minor character but was the major attraction.

Although the writing, directing and casting is brilliant on Christopher Nolan’s part, along with the amazing visuals and intensely moving score by Hans Zimmer, Nolan’s time-twisting stylesometimes lacks clarity and might prove confusing for children under 12. The overall miraculous message of “Dunkirk” is the bravery, courage and teamwork that overcame Germany’s misjudgment and victoriously changed WWII history!  


~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.

Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.

In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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