Max Doerge - Contributing Reviewer
Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan is a tour de force. From start to finish this film is riveting, jaw dropping, intense, heart pounding, and nerve racking. But it is also breathtakingly beautiful, emotional, and monumental.
Knowing that this film is directed by Christopher Nolan i knew that we would be getting at the very least a remarkable and memorable film with beautiful set pieces and well directed scenes. We got that and then some. Dunkirk utilizes real boats, real planes, beautiful locations, and thousands of extras to immerse the viewers in this evacuation.
Dunkirk is basically one very long intense evacuation scene. From the very first shot of the movie, you are in it. You are in the action and it never lets up. There is never a dull moment.
There is not a lot of gore, blood, exploding limbs or anything else common in a war film. But Dunkirk is still a dangerous film. The characters are always in the face of danger and are never safe no matter where they are.
Dunkirk also does not have a lot of dialogue throughout the entire film. The couple soldiers we follow on the ground hardly say anything and most of their dialogue come from two scenes. This also doesn't take away from the intensity of the film. The lack of dialogue in the movie actually makes sense because when you're in the moment surviving in war, you wouldn't really be like, "hey, my name's Josh nice to meet you, what do you do back home?" No, these soldiers are scared for their lives, horrified by explosions and bombings. And you can see this through their emotions displayed physically.
Dunkirk is a visually stunning film. Everything looks so real, because it is. The boats are real, the boats sinking was real and recreated, the planes were not CGI, they were real and shot in imax cameras. This film yells to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
Go out and see this film in theaters when it comes out, you will not be disappointed. Dunkirk is riveting from start to finish. It does not let up and does not wait for the audience to catch their breath.
My Grade: A+
Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, James D'Arcy, Mark Rylance, and Fionn Whitehead, opens nationwide July 21 in 70mm, 35mm, and IMAX formats.