Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dunkirk (2017)

Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine (voice). 106 min. Rated PG-13. UK/Netherlands/France/USA. War.

Nolan extends his obsession with intersecting timelines and viewpoints (Memento, Inception, Interstellar) to a historical event, making a story with a known outcome (the Battle of Dunkirk) still fascinating to watch. And he's so self-assured of grabbing your attention, he even shows you outcomes of his three parallel timelines in the other! Add to that 70 mm panorama shots of attacks on a beach lined with 400,000 troops, or first-person experience of aerial dogfights over the sea, and you have one of the greatest World War II movies ever made. The rare movie you should watch solely in a theater.

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