Five Reasons You’ll Love It - July 18, 2017

Dunkirk - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Dunkirk - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

When you’ve redefined the world’s most famous superhero, explored the delicate intricacies of the mind in a pacy heist and confronted the future of humanity, where do you go next? A small intimate art house movie? A broad romance? Christopher Nolan has naturally done neither of those things and instead taken on his most ambitious project to date.

Dunkirk is a huge undertaking and one Nolan has been planning for over 25 years. It depicts the real-life events of an infamous battle in World War II where hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops were surrounded by enemy forces; trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

It stars Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh, with 71's Jack Lowden, War & Peace's Aneurin Barnard and One Direction's Harry Styles also in key roles.

It arrives in cinemas on Friday (July 21st) and will be available to pre-order on DVD from hmv’s online store on the same day, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love it..

 

The opening is staggering…

You’d imagine sweeping shots of the beach, a grand score, maybe a shot of Churchill in the war room? You won’t get it, you’ll get something visceral, dynamic and powerful instead. Be ready.

 

It’s totally immersive...

The movie is told from three different perspectives, from the air, the land and the sea, with the action switching between the three at regular intervals, taking you from the soldiers on the beach to Tom Hardy’s Farrier, an air pilot trying to take down German planes from above, then into the sea and back up again. It is a proper rollercoaster.

 

It’s a lean, muscular film…

War films are known for their lengthy running times and bloated budgets, but that is the polar opposite of what we have here. The pace is relentless, the film drives along, sweeping you with it as it goes, the soundtrack is harsh and juddering, the depiction is tough and uncompromising, it’s an incredible watch and it clocks in at just 106 minutes! You’ll leave breathless, trust us...

 

Harry Styles is a revelation…

There’s not much dialogue in this movie, it relies much more on the atmospherics and the thundering action, but Styles get a good chunk of it as Alex, a young, impetuous private and he’s a revelation.

 

The film is impeccably cast…

From Hardy’s gruff pilot Farrier to Branagh’s stoic Commander Bolton to Cillian Murphy’s unnamed, but compelling shell-shocked soldier, the leads are all on excellent form, but it’s the younger troupe that Nolan is really excelled with, especially Fionn Whitehead, whose character we never get to name but follow through so much. It’s a true ensemble.

 

Dunkirk is released into UK cinemas on Friday (July 21st) and will be available to pre-order from hmv’s online store on the same day.

Click here to check out the rest of director Christopher Nolan’s back catalogue. 

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