Dunkirk (no spoilers thread)

HatorianHatorian Dagobah
edited July 2017 in Movies
Really enjoyed it but not sure if I would go to the point of masterpiece like some reviews have said. As a military history junkie I really liked how different it was from the likes of Saving Private Ryan or Hacksaw Ridge. Reminded me a lot more of movies like Midway. Not sure what everyone will think of the different timelines but I was a little confused until I realised what the one week, one day, one hour meant. Definitely an interesting way to tell a story.

standout performance from Mark Rylance. Hope he gets some recognition.

Also I'm sure people will hate Harry's styles just as much as the ed shereen stuff but I thought it did great .

Last point. I feel like Nolan makes movies for me. His last 4 movies have all been right in my wheelhouse of interest. Comics, WW2, space, etc. Love him.
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  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    How intense was it? That seems to be a very common thread.
    FlashGordon
  • It's 106 minutes of intensity. It really doesn't let up. If you have an IMAX near you then you need to see it in IMAX. Not just for the picture. But the immersive sound is breath taking. It really sucks you in and the use of sound is probably the finest I've ever experienced in a movie to date. Hans Zimmer's score as well is just amazing.
    Murderbeardarwinfeeshy
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    Sounds great! I'm definitely going to have to check it out this weekend. I've been slacking on movies lately. Still have to see Spiderman and Baby Driver.
    Hatorian
  • I think Dunkirk will be the defining movie to show off a bad ass surround system. Can't wait to get it for my home entertainment system.
    Murderbear
  • Sounds great! I'm definitely going to have to check it out this weekend. I've been slacking on movies lately. Still have to see Spiderman and Baby Driver.

    Seen spidey, haven't seen baby driver. But if I had to pick one for an IMAX cinema it would be Dunkirk.
    Murderbear
  • Did the movie have opening credits/title?
    Just curious, I enjoy his films that just start, and skip all the opening credits/titles-
    (Inception/The Dark Knight Trilogy)
  • rhcooprhcoop Knoxville, Tn
    I'm very excited to see it, I'm interested to see how the movie explains how this situation developed.  

    I listened to a history podcast about it and it was pretty complex. 
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    edited July 2017
    I'm seeing it tomorrow, so excited.

    As a Brit, Dunkirk is something that feels like very much part of the national identity, the 'best of British' type thing, and I'm anticipating I'll be an emotional wreck by the end of it.
    DaKingInCleveland
  • sean.ray said:

    Did the movie have opening credits/title?
    Just curious, I enjoy his films that just start, and skip all the opening credits/titles-
    (Inception/The Dark Knight Trilogy)

    Just starts.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    Is Harry Styles in it much? Asking for a friend.
    Frakkin TKingKobraMurderbear
  • He's in it for 5-10 minutes. It's much more than a cameo. It's really an ensemble cast.
    Dee
  • I read an interview where Nolan said that he didn't realize how well known Styles was when he cast him.  He didn't say that he regretted it, but it kind of felt that way (nothing against the job he did, just the distraction factor).

  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    I don't feel like we made a good podcast on this. The movie shook me up. I think it's fantastic, but hard to be pithy about.
    KingKobraFlashGordon
  • I don't feel like we made a good podcast on this. The movie shook me up. I think it's fantastic, but hard to be pithy about.



    I'm Canadian, and my grandfather fought in WWII under the British Flag (we didn't become independent until 1967).  It's hard to describe the emotional weight that Dunkirk has in our military history, even more so in England proper.  It's simultaneously viewed as a massive tragedy and spoken about in hushed tones while also seen as an incredible act of sacrifice and coming together.  Within weeks of the evacuation of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain (Germany's massive bombing campaign against the UK) began...the sense of unity that took hold in the wake of Dunkirk played a huge role in steeling the will of the British people ("Stay Calm and Carry On") and gave them the strength to endure it.

    Point being, it's a complicated and emotionally confusing moment in history and 70 years later people are still grappling with how they feel about it...don't feel bad that a movie about it left you feeling shook up and feeling like you couldn't fully wrap your head around it - I think that's what the movie set out to do.


    PS - Nolan is English, but spent part of his childhood in America and now lives in America.


    FlashGordon
  • I don't feel like we made a good podcast on this. The movie shook me up. I think it's fantastic, but hard to be pithy about.

    Yea. it was a short podcast. but to be honest the movie is short and its not really a thinker of a movie. its more of a rollercoaster ride. which you say it was cool at the end but not much else to say about it. there was a few points of discussion like the timeline and the portrayal of characters. 
  • Just got out. No spoilers- but honest to God, best film Nolan has ever made. The craft to tell the story he did, the way he told it. Unbelievable. One of the most intense experiences I've ever had in a theater. I though the term "on the edge of your seat" was just an expression, until I literally did it tonight. Bravo to the cast and crew. Amazing.
  • Easily one of the best films I have seen in 70 mm IMAX.  Someone else mentioned it above, but the sound and the score, wow.  Nothing like the sound of a Spitfire machine gun or engine in that type of sound system.  If you have a true IMAX in your area, and you like loud, intense movies, this is a movie to spend the extra bucks on for sure.
    Hatorian
  • rhcoop said:

    I'm very excited to see it, I'm interested to see how the movie explains how this situation developed.  


    I listened to a history podcast about it and it was pretty complex. 
    Not spoiling anything, but it doesn't really.  Gives you a few lines of text at the start as over-simplified context, but basically just tells you the soldiers are stuck and "waiting for a miracle."

    That being said, I think a really decent story telling a "prequel" about how they got in that position could be told.
  • Zsa004 said:

    Easily one of the best films I have seen in 70 mm IMAX.  Someone else mentioned it above, but the sound and the score, wow.  Nothing like the sound of a Spitfire machine gun or engine in that type of sound system.  If you have a true IMAX in your area, and you like loud, intense movies, this is a movie to spend the extra bucks on for sure.

    Yea. I sat in the perfect spot. Right down the middle, but close enough where my eye line was almost exactly the same with the size of the screen and no one sitting in front of me. The scenes with Tom Hardy first person and the thunderous spitfire engine shaking my seat made me feel like I was in that damn beautiful plane. One of the finest aircraft ever made.
  • It's a phenomenal film.
    But as a WW2 history buff, I always wonder when we will have enough distance from the cold war so that we could have similar cinematographic treatments of where the bulk of the European action actually happened, which is the eastern front. Give Christopher Nolan the budget to do a similar treatment of the Battle of Kursk or the fight for the grain elevator in Stalingrad.
    Rayana@rochesterrr.comA_Ron_HubbardFlashGordonCodyHarris821
  • emnofseattleemnofseattle Mason County, Washington USA
    edited July 2017
    Zsa004 said:

    rhcoop said:

    I'm very excited to see it, I'm interested to see how the movie explains how this situation developed.  


    I listened to a history podcast about it and it was pretty complex. 
    Not spoiling anything, but it doesn't really.  Gives you a few lines of text at the start as over-simplified context, but basically just tells you the soldiers are stuck and "waiting for a miracle."

    That being said, I think a really decent story telling a "prequel" about how they got in that position could be told.
    I don't know that the Nazi takeover of France is a movie many people would want to see.

    Those of us who are hardcore into military history would love it, but the average consumer wants to see the good guys win.

    many years ago the movie "A Bridge Too Far" was hated by critics because it pulls no punches, it depicts the failure of Montgomery's plan to cross the Rhine in 1944, the failure of the British to hold Arnhem. It's basically a movie where the poor British 1st Airborne gets their asses handed to them so many US and UK film critics didn't like it and It received no Oscars despite the excellent acting and visual effects. historical accuracy costed the movie awards.


    You couldn't make a movie about the invasion of France without showing the many misteps and bad decisions made by the British, French, and low countries leaders, and that will be a raw subject for many viewers.

    It would be like if a Canadian director in Vancouver wanted to make a film about Dieppe, good luck getting investors on that project.....


  • emnofseattleemnofseattle Mason County, Washington USA

    It's a phenomenal film.
    But as a WW2 history buff, I always wonder when we will have enough distance from the cold war so that we could have similar cinematographic treatments of where the bulk of the European action actually happened, which is the eastern front. Give Christopher Nolan the budget to do a similar treatment of the Battle of Kursk or the fight for the grain elevator in Stalingrad.

    I'd personally love to see a movie about "The Winter War" between Finland and the Soviet Union.
  • I don't feel like we made a good podcast on this. The movie shook me up. I think it's fantastic, but hard to be pithy about.

    After seeing it, I completely understand. I felt like I had to run out of the theater. Twice on my walk home I started crying. I had to stopped at a gas station to get a 40 oz. Total wreck. 
    A_Ron_Hubbard
  • Just walked out from a second viewing. Still just as powerful as last night.
  • FlashGordonFlashGordon Leeds, UK
    edited July 2017
    Yeh i've got to go see this again, i've not felt that kind of pressure in a film in a long time. I've got familial connections to WW2 but not to Dunkirk directly, but it felt like a very personal topic and seems like it was to Nolan.

    It came through to me that Nolan wanted to make it as authentic as possible and it feels like there was some deep research, in the way that the multiple perspectives of the events, came across like a collection 4 or 5real  personal accounts from the various centres of action really cover what happened here. Just a really brilliant approach that made a fantastic movie.
  • Looked and sounded fantastic.  Very emotional.

    Too bad they weren't able to use an actual flying 109.
  • ThomasThomas North Carolina
    Enjoyed it a lot.  A lot of historical films, especially ones based on war, tend to make things overly dramatic (every Navy Seal film ever).  Dunkirk didn't seem to do that, it was raw and accurate, which is good to see.
  • amyja89 said:

    I'm seeing it tomorrow, so excited.


    As a Brit, Dunkirk is something that feels like very much part of the national identity, the 'best of British' type thing, and I'm anticipating I'll be an emotional wreck by the end of it.
    I definitely was. Very emotional at the end. 
  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    I wrote my more eloquent thoughts about the movie up on my film blog if anyone's interested in taking a look. :-)

  • UnderwoodUnderwood Philadelphia, PA
    edited July 2017
    Nice write up @amyja89

    I saw this on Saturday at my small local theater, and it was still a magnificent viewing experience. I've been a big Nolan fan for a while now, but even I was still so pleasantly surprised at how tight this film was. The score too, my goodness. Nolan and Zimmer can do no wrong in my book.
    amyja89
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