Dunkirk is Nolan’s Best
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Written by Christopher Nolan
Nolan’s love of playing with time adds a ton to this taught, tense* depiction of a memorable event. The cast is well balanced, with mostly unknowns playing the men on the beach** and more well-known actors (and members of his informal company) handling the sea and air roles.*** I love this film for portraying how random war is, for the differing time lines, and for how much feeling wells up when those boats appear.
The verdict: Recommended.
Nolan’s best film!
Cost: $3.99 via Redbox OnDemand
Where watched: at home
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*Unlike Interstellar and Inception, Nolan never lets the narrative get away from him. It’s also a much shorter film. Coincidence?
**It is at this point that someone usually brings up Harry Styles. Yes, he is in this film. Yes, teenage girls also like him. All of those things are okay. Move on.
***“Is Michael Cain in this film?” I asked Boyfriend Matt as it started. We both did the squinting off into the distance thing while we pondered. My question was answered quickly when Cain’s voice came over the radio, talking to Tom Hardy. And the pretty-eyed Cillian Murphy made an appearance too.
- Which is your favorite story: land, sea, or air?
- Which character is the heart of this film?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
In the sequence where the Spitfire ditches into the English Channel, an IMAX camera was strapped into the cockpit to film Collins (Jack Lowden) trying to get out. However, during filming, the plane with the camera still inside sank quicker than predicted. It took so long to retrieve the plane, that the IMAX camera housing filled with water, potentially ruining the expensive camera and the film inside. Christopher Nolan used an old movie technique of keeping the film wet, and shipped it back to Los Angeles, getting it processed before it dried out. The take from that scene is in the movie.
Other reviews of Dunkirk:
- Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail
- Stephanie Zacharek, Time