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Dunkirk

#1 Post by tonethestone » Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:08 pm

Was at an IMAX press screening of this new film from Christopher Nolan.

Absolutely outstanding, its non-stop, harrowing war film, one of the best films I've seen in a long time and a movie experience unlike one I've had before. For film fans. If you're a Michael Bay type film go-er give it a miss, this one requires grown-ups.

5/5
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Joker
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Star Wars Ep9
Marriage Story

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The Irishman

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Avengers Endgame

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#2 Post by fraz » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:06 pm

Imax booked for this, can't wait. Roll on 21st..
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Re: Dunkirk

#3 Post by philipand96 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:18 pm

This film has for a long time been on my essential to see list
I know its the story telling that make a film a film....

Christopher Nolan is in a league of his own however I have just noticed the film is 106 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5013056/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_1 ,

This if correct is the first fiim as director to be under the 2 hour mark
Quentin Rodriguez & Robert Tarantino

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Re: Dunkirk

#4 Post by kevinknapman » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:53 am

philipand96 wrote:
This if correct is the first fiim as director to be under the 2 hour mark
It's actually his first film since 2002's Insomnia to be under two hours.
Following and Memento were also less than 2 hours long.
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#5 Post by kevinknapman » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:53 am

With Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan delivers a masterclass in suspense with this tense and relentless depiction of Operation Dynamo and the attempts to rescue 400,000 men from the beach and harbour of the French port.

Omitting the usual scenes of generals in wood-panelled rooms pushing pieces around a military map with long sticks, Dunkirk instead focuses solely on the men directly involved in the evacuation.
Depicting events through the experiences of the soldiers waiting on the beach, the Spitfire pilots fighting in the skies above and the civilian ships making their way towards them.
It's a bold way to tell the story and is initially a little confusing as they each take place at a different time but this becomes more intriguing as they start to overlap.

From the opening scene of British soldiers under fire from the enemy on the almost deserted streets of Dunkirk, the film barely pauses for breath as one tense set piece follows another. Dialogue is also kept to a minimum, which spares the audience from the usual clunky exposition that tends to typify films like this.
Nolan's decision to simplify and rein in his tendency for indulgent running times makes this not only his shortest film in a while but also his most rewarding.

Technically it's also outstanding with some of the most immersive aerial photography seen on the big screen in a while and Nolan's Interstellar DoP Hoyte Van Hoytema ensures it looks visually spectacular too.

A fantastic ensemble cast helps bring out the human element amid the chaos. Fionn Whitehead (in only his 2nd screen role after ITV drama Him), Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Aneurin Barnard, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Jack Lowden, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Cillian Murphy and, yes, even Harry Styles are all excellent. Son of Rambow's Bill Milner makes a surprisingly brief appearance towards the end (perhaps more footage of him ended up on the cutting room floor), while fans of The Bill are in for a treat with a blink and you'll miss it appearance from Sgt Bob Cryer himself, Eric Richard.

A fine Hans Zimmer score and exceptional sound design ramps up the tension and what could have been yet another run of the mill war movie is transformed into something closer to an against the clock suspense thriller.

If I was to pick holes, Christopher Nolan's trademark muffled dialogue makes another appearance (it has Tom Hardy wearing a pilot's mask throughout so this isn't exactly surprising). This is a minor criticism however considering how little dialogue there is overall.
Plus, as I mentioned earlier, some may find the fact that the three narrative strands take place at slightly different times a little confusing. Land takes place over a week, Sea over a day and Air over an hour. However this does become more intriguing later on as the strands overlap.

It probably goes without saying that you should see this on the biggest screen possible. I for one will be catching this again on IMAX 70mm.

A monumental achievement and a visceral and emotionally involving spectacle.
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Re: Dunkirk

#6 Post by tonethestone » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:47 pm

Never seen a film get as good reviews as this is, especially from respected outlets. Thoroughly deserved, amazing film.
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Joker
Knives Out
Star Wars Ep9
Marriage Story

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Avengers Endgame

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Re: Dunkirk

#7 Post by ahman » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:36 am

Can't wait to see it.

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Re: Dunkirk

#8 Post by tonethestone » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:42 pm

Seen again, best war film I've ever seen and I'm a big fan of war films.

5/5

Nolan = genius
Best films so far 2019;
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Joker
Knives Out
Star Wars Ep9
Marriage Story

Still need to see;
The Irishman

Most disappointing;
Avengers Endgame

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#9 Post by RandomHajile » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:36 pm

saw it at bfi imax, they handed out 500 tshirts!

and as good as this film is, am not feeling the perfect scores this is getting left right and center

i feel that inception is better as well as the prestige/interstellar

its intense but i feel theres loads cut from this movie, spoilers


it literally is just one day. and the editing is a bit janky


anyways its a 8/10 from me, the sound track was great but overuse of subwoofer bass thru out, to fake people into anticipation/apprehension

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Re: Dunkirk

#10 Post by CtheG84 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:48 pm

Don't always write reviews for films but Dunkirk is different, it's a piece of our history & is currently at your local. For it to work Nolan has created some truly stunning cinematography that has your heart pounding within the first minute and it truly never lets up, my heart was in my mouth from the off. Zimmer has created a soundtrack and score that enhances this whilst the three suspenseful stories run greatly in sync tying perfectly together in the finale. For anyone & everyone.- this is an assault on the senses giving a visionaries portrayl of this "recent" British event. To note - this among only a handful of others is rightfully receiving a 5 star from me on Flixster & really deserves your hard earnt cash.

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