Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Receives PG-13 Rating

In recent years, PG-13 ratings seem to be a growing trend amongst Hollywood production companies. One might walk into a film that is rated PG-13, but will soon come to the conclusion that the film’s subject material should have been rated R. There is a specific purpose behind doing this that could offer the companies a higher profit in the Box Office. Christopher Nolan has been known to repeatedly pump out films that reach massive critical success. In the last few years, the director has been working on a film titled Dunkirk. The story centers around the infamous Battle of Dunkirk in which thousands of soldiers evacuated Dunkirk, France; from May 26th to June 4th, 1940.

Christopher Nolan is well known in the film community due to his Dark Knight trilogy, that focused heavily on the darker subject material. War films have a reputation for being more violent in general. After all, war is a horrific, bloody, and violent experience. It’s very difficult to capture that essence and transfer it over into the film medium. One would expect that with Christopher Nolan’s cinematic background, and the brutal art of  war itself, the film would definitely receive an R rating. The MPAA recently made the announcement that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has received a PG-13 rating. It’s too early to tell whether or not this was Christopher Nolan’s decision, or the studios decision to appeal to a wider audience. After all, we shouldn’t jump the gun and assume this was the studio’s decision. This very well might be Nolan’s decision after all. It is very possible that he created a film that captured the essence of war that is able to be shown to a wider and younger audience. With all this being said, we’ll just have to wait for the finished product to hit theaters.