Thank You For Your Service

We have seen many movies where American soldiers fight heroically for their country and win wars. But what happens when these soldiers come back home after facing the horrors of war? Thank You For Your Service, produced by DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment, tries to address this issue in a hard-hitting way.

Based on the 2013 non-fiction book of the same name by David Finkel, Thank You For Your Service is the story of 3 American soldiers who are back home from Iraq. The trio suffer from PTSD i.e Post Trauma and Stress Disorder and attempt to gel in with civilian life which forms the crux of the story.

Miles Teller gives an evocative performance. Beulah Koale is all natural and makes you feel empathetic for him. Also, Joe Cole in a brief role is heartbreaking and effective. Debutant director Jason Hall, who wrote American Sniper,  manages to keep the story real but couldn’t bring the outrage that was supposed to be the core idea.

The treatment of the film is kept very real without using any theatrics. The dialogues are relatable, and most of the film is covered via inter-personal conversations.

Thank You For Your Service is an emotional drama with passionate performances from all the actors. This film is not for entertainment but will surely leave you unsettled.

Rating: 💋💋💋


Genre: Drama, Biography

Directed & Written by: Jason Hall

Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole, Amy Schumer, Beulah Koale, Scott Haze



Christopher Nolan is known for skillfully weaving a complex story structure in most of his movies. And he’s done just the same for Dunkirk.

Written and Directed by Nolan, Dunkirk is a story of relentless efforts to rescue 4,00,000 British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, who are surrounded by Germans from all sides and the only way out is by sea.

The story is told through 3 different characters, who are at 3 different locations, at 3 different time frames. To top it off, each of the incidents are shown from 3 different perspectives – air, land, and sea! That’s Nolan for you.

Dunkirk has an ensemble cast of good actors like Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, James D’Arcy, Cillian Murphy and debutante Harry Styles (Of One Direction Fame), who has also done a commendable job.

Nolan smartly uses fast intercuts constantly between the stories of soldiers, the RAF pilots, and a civilian on his boat chugging towards Dunkirk. This makes the film intense and very engaging.

The action sequences feel real and takes you directly into the war. You become a part of this survival story and can feel the hopelessness of the characters. The movie is all visuals and less dialogues. The cinematography gives the film a gloomy and surreal feel, which no other war movie has achieved. As always the background score by Hans Zimmer is amazing and it brilliantly adds to the tension and depth of the story.

The characters are not much explored emotionally with no backstories shown. But, Nolan has used each and every trick from his bag to pull off this film and you easily ignore these small things. Christopher Nolan shows off his craft and proves that he is one of the finest directors of this century.

Dunkirk is an intensely dramatic, immersive and moving film. You definitely do not want to miss what could be the best movie of 2017.

Rating – 💋💋💋💋 & 1/2


Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Cinematography:  Hoyte van Hoytema

Edited by: Lee Smith

Music: Hans Zimmer