Dunkirk is the reason you go to the cinema; Not only was it a terrific movie - it was an experience you won’t be able to recreate anywhere else.
This movie was made for the big screen, watching it at home will not give the same effect. I strongly encourage you to see it in 70mm IMAX, but I’ll get to that later. On to the review!
The technical feats required to create this movie are truly remarkable. Strapping an IMAX camera to the wing of a real spitfire is incredible, and part of the reason Nolan is so highly regarded as the best director of this generation. Where others turn to green screen and CGI, he opts for the realness, even if it makes it “less exciting”. The pilots in the dogfights weren’t doing barrel roles and crazy stunts - they were calm, precise, yet so much more tense than any cheesy generic action dogfight, because it felt REAL. These battles and tests the soldiers were put through on screen felt real to us.
Dunkirk’s tension builds - and keeps building and building, and it does not stop throughout the whole film. You think it will calm down for a moment and then you’re slapped in the face with intensity.
Part of this was due to Zimmer’s wonderful and terrifying score, the best he’s made yet. Not only does it sound good, but it uses science and illusion to invoke tension into you. If that’s not genius then I don’t know what is! Besides that, the score is a character itself. Regular scenes that would normally evoke calmness end up evoking fear because of the incredible score. The ticking clock that Zimmer uses just fills you with anxiety, and it lasts throughout the whole movie, looming in the background just like “The Enemy” does in the film.
The acting in this is very, very good, the best acting out of any Nolan movie. Tom Hardy’s acting was particularly great, especially for having a mask on for the whole movie. I guess nobody cared who he was until he put on the mask.
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