Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is an achievement of filmmaking and a unique entry into a legendary career.
A focused, powerful and intense experience, Dunkirk doesn’t disappoint in providing an exhilierating experience where each gunshot, tropeado & explodion is felt and heard without censor. Dunkirk is made with precision and detail that is very much one of the foundations of a Nolan film. The film doesn’t hold back punches as the film brings up the volume and the cinematography to 11 to create a fully immersive and alive experience.
The plot was divided into 3 central, different but equal components. Much like Churchill word’s resonate in your mind and on the screen, the fight on the land, the sea & the sky are shown in beautiful fashion and elevate the way war can be filmed to be beautiful, violent and haunting.
The characters are all representative of the archetype of their respective story. While the characters operating on the SEA narrative are probably the most fleshed out of the three, the pilots in the air, led by a Christopher Nolan veteran, Tom Hardy, and the silent, yet potent, performances of the soldiers on land all carry a powerful narrative that combine to create a unique film experience.
Christopher Nolan is one of the few directors who can dip into any genre and create magic. Whether it be drama, action, sci-fi, comic book, space or historical events, Nolan retains his directing prowess and a manages to make each and everyone one of his films unique and visually stunning. Dunkirk is unique in that is probably has be shortest and leaning script of Nolan’s film. The film doesn’t require or lean on heavy dialogue or exposition to tell to tell its story. In Dunkirk, Nolan pushes the envelope further with very minimum speaking roles given to each character to create a scenario where each word spoken is that much more powerful.
The visiuals and narrative language used throughout Dunkirk create a very beautiful landscape for the film. In this area, the SKY component of the film took the prize. The beautiful wide shots, encapsulated in IMAX is nothing short of breathtaking. Viewing it on 70MM film only further give the eyes a treat of color and dynamic that digital can not compete with. Nolan continues to show why film continues to be the best way to shoot a movie to truly bring great visuals.
The MVP of the film is Hans Zimmer. Zimmer solidifies that he is the best composer in the business today with Dunkirk. The score of Dunkirk was a character in itself and gave thunderous moments that perfectly weaved through the intensity of the moment. In fact, the few moments where Hans chooses to go silent, creates almost a deafening atmosphere in itself became some of the most powerful. This is Hans at technical best and the score of Dunkirk will go into the top echelon of his work.
DunKirk is a intense film with beautiful visuals, an equally beautiful score by Hans Zimmer and director in Christopher Nolan that is at the top of his game both narratively and visually.