JULY 24 2017 WRITTEN BY: DANIEL BAPTISTA @dbapz
“You can practically see it from here”
Dunkirk is the tenth film directed by Christopher Nolan who is known for his works with The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception and non linear story telling. Nolan’s films make use super natural elements that are grounded in reality. For example, his work on Interstellar featured real world scientific theories about black holes but presented to the audience in a believable and yet very much Nolan way.
WWII has been covered in countless films by many famous directors. Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards, Terrance Malick’s The Thin Red Line to name just a few. When it was announced that Nolan would be directing a WWII film, many believed this would be his chance to bring his unique style to an already well established period of time in film. That, he did.
Dunkirk is a film that is relentless in its ability to suck you into the narrative and keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. It features three interwoven stories taking place on Land (over the span of one week), Sea (over one day) and Air (over one hour). The three timelines are blended together seamlessly and tell an overarching story of survival in the most hopeless and dire of situations. The main character of this movie is WAR. The enemy is nowhere to be seen in the film and lets the audience experience the horrors of war from the perspective of those fighting to survive it.
The score for the film is composed by frequent Nolan collaborator Hans Zimmer. It features a ticking throughout the film to highlight just how high the tension is and manages to raise the stakes even higher.
I watched Dunkirk three times during its opening box office weekend and to be totally honest, I’m ready for another go. This is one to watch on the biggest possible screen you can find and that means IMAX. Without hesitation, Dunkirk is my favourite film of 2017 so far. Go watch it. Now!
Favourite Films of 2017 (so far)
- Wonder Woman
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- The Big Sick
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Baby Driver
- Kong: Skull Island
- John Wick: Chapter 2
“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Written and Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.