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?

Incase You Missed It!

Warrior :

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2011 brought us the underrated piece of cinema that is Warrior. It stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy, and is directed by Gavin O’Connor, and is probably still his best work to date. It tells the story of two brothers, who take very different paths in life, but end up fighting for the same prize and must ultimately battle each other.

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One of the shining lights of this movie, isn’t just the actors portrayals of MMA fighters or those who enter that arena, but rather the portrayal of the sport of MMA on a whole. It shows the tactical nature, the training, the heart and the will it takes to win a fight. The fights themselves are also done really well, and shot really well, and they give you the very real and gritty feel of being in the cage.

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On the other hand, this movie is much more and much deeper than just a fighting movie or a movie about fighting. This movie delves really deeply into the minds and mental states of both characters, and those they come in contact with. The secondary story line of this movie deals a lot with family issues and what it means to be brothers, husbands and sons.

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If you’re a fan of anything I’ve mentioned so far (actors, director, MMA, any of it), then you won’t be disappointed by this movie one bit. I think it got a bit overshadowed when it first came out, and didn’t really get the respect and success it deserves. One of the best movies of 2011, and definitely one to check out if you missed it.

Review : The Revenant

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“A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.”

30 minutes in the atlantic and young Leo is sleeping with the fishes, but by God, old Leo can take a beating. Seriously though, this movie, is more than just a movie, it is a cinematic experience. The cinematography in this movie is simply STUNNING, like absolutely breath taking. Coupled with the fact that this film was shot with only natural lighting, and you have to hand it to Iñárritu for having the balls and getting the backing to try such a thing. All the master class filming here however is truly just a vehicle for the performances here. And they are amazing. The acting across the board here is really well done but the main cast and what can I say about Leo. His performance here is an absolute tour de force, and the best of the bunch here. Just his physical acting, using mostly his face alone in parts is on another level. I’s also pretty sure, that everything that happened in this movie actually did. Everyone who died, died, and they let a bear maul the shit out of Leo. The way this movie is shot also adds so much to the grit and physicality of the scenes that make the combat here when it happens visceral and brutal to behold. This isn’t just a revenge movie however, its much more of a human story of struggle and survival. It forces you, unwillingly mostly, to feel the pain and struggle of surviving and Iñárritu forcing you to stay in the moment with his signature deliberate film making and signature long takes. All in all, The Revenant is a real experience of a movie, and a chilling tale.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Mad Max – Fury Road

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“In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.”

Every so often a film comes along, that makes it really hard for me to find a problem with it…Mad Max Fury Road is one such movie. The movies starts at a break neck pace and hardly ever lets up to let you breathe. From the start to the end the movie is also one continuous and evolving plot line that feels organic in its development and progression. Even with this shortened form of story telling, there is still some really good character development over most all of the characters. The world building here also is really amazing, and there is so much attention to detail and everything had a purpose and a place. Everything also looked amazing. Between the impressive use of so many practical special effects, and when they were blended with the supreme digital special effects we really do get a visual feast. The directing here also plays fully into the ideals and sensibilities thst this movie portrays. A great example is the use of some sped up shots that ad to the frantic pace and feel of the movie, and they are blended in a very well and subtle way that didn’t distract from the action on screen. Overall this is really an amazing movie and experience on a whole. It does very well its 3D and it couples an awesome soundtrack for a cinema experience that will be very hard to beat. Btw Charlize Theron is REALLY good in this movie!

Review Score : 10 out of 10