Today I finally got to see Dunkirk. In IMAX because how else are you supposed to see it? This has been one of my most anticipated films of the year and it did not disappoint.
I don’t know about you but I did not learn about this battle in school. We all know that quip that history is written by the victors. Thank you, Winston Churchill.
Dunkirk wows in many ways!
There is no doubt I am a fan of Christopher Nolan’s films. Interstellar is proudly ranked as one of my top five movies of all time. As I was walking down the stairs of the movie theater (I like sitting in the very last row, duh) I was thinking to myself, “How did he do it again?” How does he continue to make such great films and over such a wide range of subject matter?
The cast in this movie is killer. Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy have each worked with Nolan a number of times before. I hope that they each continue to work with him since I look forward to their performances. Murphy’s portrayal of a shellshocked British soldier found on top of a capsized ship is very affecting. Hardy plays a badass fighter pilot that goes against the odds to make sure he does all he can. Mark Rylance pilots his boat to the surrounded soldiers himself instead of turning his boat over to the Navy. I love that Nolan shows us this ugly, gruesome battle from so many points of view and even through such a dim view of humanity we see people doing what they can to help one another.
I can not remember ever feeling such a wide range of emotions while viewing one film. I was scared, nervous, anxious, excited, and dad all at once. The film is beautifully shot; we would not expect anything less. One of my favorite parts of the movie is Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack. It makes sure you keep pace with the film. Between the sounds of a pounding heartbeat and the ticking of a clock, I was on the edge of my seat.
I think it is important to point out that I do not actively seek out war films. Nolan does keep the movie below two hours and I do not feel like he wastes a single second of screen time. If a movie focused on a smaller, lesser known battle may interest you or you appreciate any of the points I described above, do yourself a favor and get to a theater. Nolan shoots his films for the big screen. I will go a step further and tell you to head into IMAX if you have the chance. I give Dunkirk the rating: Must See Film.