I like Christopher Nolan, so I was super excited for "Dunkirk", and I was even more excited when I found out that the 70mm engagement would be coming to a theater within traveling distance.
I definitely think that "Dunkirk" was one of the most intense films that I have seen all year, and maybe all time. My heart was constantly pounding and the actions was nearly nonstop. This film was all about the action going on in the evacuation, rather than the specific characters. Some may argue that the lack of development is an issue, making the characters less sympathetic, and therefore making the film harder to invest in, however, I think that Nolan did such an amazing job of developing the plot that I sympathized with the characters simply as a result of their situation, which is an extremely rare feat for me. The present dialogue is really well-written, with some extremely impactful lines that gave me chills, but the visual storytelling is even more impressive. I really liked Nolan's use of a nonlinear storyline, which I wasn't exactly expecting, as it provides unique viewpoints to the events.
This film is also a technical marvel. The design of the sets is undeniably impressive and grand in its scale. The score by Hans Zimmer is as amazing as expected (with the exception of one confusingly odd and surprisingly anticlimactic moment). I think that this film has a big chance in sound design categories in awards season, because most of them are perfectly timed. The cinematography, both highlighting intense close quarters and the wide landscapes of the beach is fabulous. The 70mm makes it even better, with a crisp image and a flickering quality that gives it a sense of realism. There were a few moments in which the celluloid format caused the image to get a bit too shaky, but otherwise, it was awesome. I hope to see it in digital to compare.
Overall, I really like "Dunkirk". I was worried that it was going to be Nolan's most standard work yet, however, he incorporates elements of his signature mind-bending thrillers into a war film to make a phenomenal viewing experience.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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