Review : Dunkirk

“Dunkirk (2017) Robert Paege Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.”

Firstly, it must be said, the British navy had the sweetest coats ever, so stylish and I’m sure some warm, unto the movie now. In some ways Dunkirk is unlike any other Chris Nolan movie, and in some ways it’s like the best of his movies. This movie is first and foremost an education in film making. This movie is absolutely gorgeous, and uses some of Nolan’s most effective and trademark camera techniques (like when he locks a camera down to something then let’s that thing role or spin), and here those methods work really well to build tension and a real awareness of tight spaces. This movie is also anchored by an amazing score from Hans Zimmer, which is in itself anchored by a ticking clock that goes through the entire movie save the last 3 or so minutes. Together the cinematography and score, when added to Nolan’s directing, make for a movie that people will probably use to teach these things years from now. This movie isn’t perfect however, and the one real flaw it has, is a bit of a gaping hole. There are a good few characters for us to follow here, set on three different time lines, but we get about zero character development for any of them, which makes feeling for them in situations of danger difficult. Don’t get me wrong, you feel the danger, but the characters in danger could be anyone really and it wouldn’t even matter that it’s Harry Styles or not. The real question here is does this lack of the movie’s soul hurt it, and how much does it? Well it does, and it does hurt. We see some of these characters no some horrible things, and they’re either never redeemed, or given sufficient background to give those actions meaning. All in all, Dunkirk is a triumph of film making, but it can’t transcend to being a triumph of film.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Trailer of the Week!

Hey guys, just wanted to keep adding to the blog, so in that spirit I start a new ongoing series here called Trailer of the Week! Where every week, (usually on Friday) I will give out my choice for the best trailer of the week, why I think its such, and some info on the movie it supports. Hope you guys enjoy, lets get it started.

This weeks trailer of the week is:

Dunkirk (Main trailer)

This week has been a real good one for trailers, and it picking a top trailer wasn’t easy. The first trailer for Dark Tower, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and even the new Cars 3 trailer were all strong competitors. Then came Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk trailer… and wow. Dunkirk tells the true story (one of biggest true stories we’ve yet to get adapted in this form) of one of the largest evacuation of troops ever attempted when 400,000 allied soldiers were cut off and surrounded by the German army and had no where to turn. The rescue events enlist not just available troops, but also ropes in civilians that use their own personal boats to add to the rescue efforts.

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This is Christopher Nolan’s latest project and features some new and old faces to his typical line-ups. Staring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, and even Harry Styles among many others that let to movie boast a stellar cast to match some stellar visuals, and what so far is an intense and gripping score. Set to drop the end of July this year and will probably look to really up its marketing game from this point going forward. What do you think about the Dunkirk (main trailer), what are your hopes for the movie and are you planning to see it cinemas?