Review Dunkirk (2017)

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    In December 2015, it was announced that Nolan would direct and produce a film titled Dunkirk, based on his own original screenplay. The story is set amid World War II and the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, France in 1940. The film stars Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh.[146] For Dunkirk, Nolan said he was inspired by the work of Robert Bresson, and silent films such as Intolerance (1916), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and The Wages of Fear (1953). Describing the film as a survival tale with a triptych structure, Nolan wanted to make a "sensory, almost experimental movie", with minimal dialogue.[147][148] It is scheduled to be released on 21 July 2017


     
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    Not sure about this. Trailer looks interesting but dunno. We'll see.

    Harry Styles alone should make it a hit though.
     
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    Dunkirk Teaser Confirms Next Trailer Arriving on Friday


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    The next trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk drops online this Friday and should be attached to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in U.S. theaters, starting on Thursday evening. Dunkirk is but one of multiple 2017 summer film season tentpoles launching new trailers with the Guardians sequel, in the process guaranteeing that a whole lot of moviegoers will be watching the preview this weekend alone. Sony Pictures is similarly reported to be using the Guardians followup to launch the first trailer for The Darker Tower, kicking the marking campaign for the Stephen King adaptation into full-gear.

    Dunkirk, as written and directed by Nolan, dramatizes the real-life evacuation of Allied forces from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII from three different perspectives during the event: pilots engaging in aerial dogfights, soldiers leaving the shore and members of the army being rescued at sea. Providing a more intimate point-of-view for these story threads are such characters as an Allied fighter pilot portrayed by Tom Hardy (Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises collaborator); a boat captain who sets out to assist a battleship of soldiers, played by Oscar-winner Mark Rylance (The BFG); and young Allied soldiers on the beaches of Durkirk, played by such actors as Finn Whitehead and Harry Styles.


    Some of the fresh Dunkirk footage shown at CinemaCon back in March should be included in the next (and, most likely, final) theatrical trailer for the film, in theaters this weekend. Warner Bros. Pictures has released a teaser for the preview in the meantime (see the video above), confirming the the full new trailer for Dunkirk drops online this Friday, May 5th at 9 am PST.


    As with Nolan’s most recent directorial efforts (The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, to be exact), the vast majority of Dunkirk was filmed in IMAX; including, on-the-ground battle sequences and those scenes done in a more personal, handheld style that directors generally don’t attempt to shoot using IMAX cameras, on big-budget ventures of this size. For that reason, the new trailer for Dunkirk may wind up leaving a stronger impression on those who see it in a theater than watch it online only – making the decision to launch it with Guardians 2 in theaters (including, IMAX screens), all the smarter.

    It sounds as though Dunkirk will have plenty to offer Nolan’s biggest fans, including lines of action that unfold in different time frames, a la Inception (only this time, in a single reality and not different levels of dreams). The trailers for the movie should have little trouble selling film buffs on the project for that reason, but it will be interesting to see if the larger moviegoing masses turn out in Dunkirk in numbers similar to those for his most recent, non-Dark Knight related features too. Steven Spielberg’s own WWII flick Saving Private Ryan was both a critical darling and summer box office success when it hit theaters – will Nolan’s Dunkirk be able to repeat the same trick, arriving nearly twenty years later?
     
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    Much better trailer.

     
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    “Dunkirk” To Be Nolan’s Shortest Studio Film


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    Christopher Nolan’s World War II action-drama epic “Dunkirk” will be quite different from his usual movies in one key way – runtime.

    The film reportedly runs just 107 minutes long, making it the shortest movie of his career after only his first film – 1998’s little seen indie “Following” which ran for just 69 minutes.

    That’s a full hour shorter than his most recent film “Interstellar” which clocked in at an unwieldy 169 minutes, and decidedly shorter than most of his films which usually have clocked into the 130-160 minute range.

    “Dunkirk” is currently slated to open in cinemas on July 21st.
     
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    The reviews are in....

    And they are overwhelmingly positive.

    It is being hailed as Nolan's best film to date.
     
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    “Dunkirk” Headed For Nearly $50M Opening

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    Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” pulled in $5.5 million in Thursday night previews, with domestic opening weekend estimates now heading toward the $45-50 million mark – up significantly from a few weeks ago thanks in part to stellar reviews.

    Also out this week is Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and the R-rated comedy “Girls Trip” which both appear to have pulled in $1.7 million Thursday night previews. Both films have received weak reviews and are now looking at openings somewhere between $17-25 million each.

    “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will likely be vying for third and fourth place with between $22-25 million each.
     
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    Nolan Wanted To Do “Dunkirk” Without A Script


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    Filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s approach to filmmaking has always seemed one of fairly meticulous construction. He understands the fundamentals, crafts a detailed and often exposition heavy screenplay, and then shoots without much in the way of improv from his actors.

    His recent war film “Dunkirk” though was a different story. Boasting a minimalist approach with very little dialogue, the film does employ his trademark playing with temporal relativity within his story structure. In this case three different and ultimately converging subplots set over three different spans of time (week, day, hour).

    To do that required at least some framework which the film ultimately had in the form of a relatively short 76-page script. As part of an interview about that screenplay, Nolan says while doing research for the film he became so immersed in the details that he felt comfortable that he could wing it:

    “I got to a point where I understood the scope and movement and the history of what I wanted the film to address, because it’s very simple geography. I said, ‘I don’t want a script. Because I just want to show it,’ it’s almost like I want to just stage it. And film it.”

    Nolan went on to say that he felt he’d “kind of mastered” the form of films driven emotionally by dialogue and wanted to try something more spontaneous. However, his wife and producing partner Emma shot down the idea: “Emma looked at me like I was a bit crazy and was like, okay, that’s not really gonna work.”

    He conceded she was right, and so “very, very quickly” planned the triptych timeline structure and wrote the script. He does say that after this film though: “I will be coming back to dialogue.”
     
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    It was brilliant, i.m.o. And the brevity of the film made it all the more powerful, I thought. The music was an important part of it's success, getting under your skin while you were watching.
     

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