Okay, so the first word that comes to my mind when I think of this movie is wow. I watched Dunkirk for the first time last night and I can honestly say it will go down as one of the most incredible movie experiences I’ve ever had. First of all the movie is very loud so just be prepared. Secondly, it’s very psychological, like all of Christopher Nolan’s movies are. When I left that theater everything I heard, from cars driving by to literally a refrigerator in Target, sounded like the motors of those planes in that movie. Yeah, I was losing my mind for about an hour. Third, it’s official now, Christopher Nolan is my favorite director of all time. He has surpassed the legendary Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. The way he makes movies is mind-boggling. He pours so much thought and effort into making a movie perfect that when you eventually see the result it looks like Dunkirk. If he doesn’t get an Oscar for best director for the stunning job he did on this movie I’ll be utterly flabbergasted.
Now I’m going to talk a little bit about the movie without going into too much detail which is going to be kind of difficult. There are so many things I want to talk about but I’ll have to wait until my post chock full of spoilers to do that. So on that note let me say what I thought about this movie for you folks who haven’t seen it yet.
1. The Cinematography
I love cinematography in movies. It’s kind of what gives a movie its backbone. When you see a new trailer the first thing you will notice is the cinematography. Will there be vibrant colors or grays and browns? Whatever the movie looks like will show what the movie is going to kind of be like. Well, Dunkirk’s cinematography was absolutely perfect. When I watched this movie it never felt like I was watching a movie that was trying to portray the year of 1940. It felt like it was really 1940. And the realistic look of everything, there wasn’t some sort of fancy filter over the movie to try to make it look epic. The simple color of nature was definitely enough.
2. The Music
The man who did the music was Hans Zimmer who is fantastic. He did the music for Interstellar which was one of the few things the film was nominated for. And once again he created a score that really merged with the film and kept me constantly on edge. Now I’ve only watched the movie once and there was a lot to take in but I believe there wasn’t a consistent set of music that continued showing up throughout the film except for this psychotic ticking that kept happening when things were about to go down. It was a really trippy, amazing score. For every situation, the music changed, and there was hardly any pleasant music. It will go down as one of my favorite scores, just like Interstellar did.
3. The Non-Stop Action
This movie did not stop for anybody. It literally starts with action. This movie is only an hour and forty-seven minutes long yet it was so packed with tension and fear and hopelessness and mind blowing action scenes that it felt like a two-hour film. At every moment I was on the edge of my seat, literally. The planes, the gunfire, the water, there was just so much going on. And it was all so loud. If you are going to go see this film you have to see it in IMAX. It’s just so good in IMAX that it would really be a shame if you missed it.
My Conclusion of the Film
As you can probably tell I truly loved this film. It was everything I wanted it to be and some more. You know, when you decide to go spend fifteen or more dollars on a ticket you really hope that movie you’re going to go see will be worth it. Dunkirk was worth every penny.
What would I rank it? I’ll give it a 98 out of a 100 and 4.5 stars. The only reason why it’s not getting a perfect score is that the movie is fragmented into three sections, the land, the sea, and the air. The land story happens over one week, the sea one day, and the air one hour and so you’re being yanked to all of these different times and it can get a little confusing. But besides that, the movie is 100% percent impeccable.
That’s my review. I hope it’ll urge you to go see this movie if you haven’t already because it really is that good. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.