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Cillian Murphy has said he hopes to work with director Christopher Nolan for many years to come. The Irish actor has worked with Nolan on his films Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Inception – and will next be seen in his World War II epic Dunkirk. He anticipates continuing that fruitful relationship with the British filmmaker, telling the Press Association: “I hope so. It’s a privilege and you can never sort of predict what sort of film he’s going to make next or what is going to happen, but if he makes the call I will happily jump in. The thing about re-collaboration is that it is about going straight to the work and having a shorthand and a level of trust and that is what I have with Chris and I hope he has with me. We know instinctively where to go with each other, and we found it very quickly and it’s always a privilege to work with him.

Dunkirk Movie Review

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!


Okay, growing up, there were three types of movie genre in my house.

Disney.
Sci-Fi.
War.

I don’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to movies, but I do know the difference between a homage and an artistic fluff piece.

Dunkirk had all the makings of being a beautiful homage about the true story of the Miracle of Dunkirk.

The acting was amazing!

Of course my favorites were in the line-up; Kenneth Brannagh, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. And it was fun seeing James D’Arcy in something besides Master and Commander and Agent Carter.

Mark Rylance played the civilian boat captain and owned every scene he was given, as did Tom Glynn-Carney and Barry Keoghan who played Peter and George respectively.

Fionn Whitehead was cast as the lead, and this is actually his first movie ever! Major props to this guy for giving a terrific first performance!

And kudos to Harry Styles! I’ve never -ever,ever,ever,ever,ever- been into boy bands, so I know nothing about this One Direction of which you speak. So I had very little expectations concerning his performance. Boy did I get blown away!

And, yeah, I’ll address being blown away in a minute.

OMG, those aerial scenes!

Not gonna lie, I had dreams about flying after seeing this movie!

The angles and overall feeling almost had me wishing I’d seen this movie in IMAX.

The boat scenes were good, too. It brought back some childhood memories on my cousin’s boat out on the lakes.

So… About that being blown away feeling…

There is a reason my Dad- the resident space nut- and I hate Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

TOO FREAKING LOUD!!!!

Dunkirk is the same, if not WORSE!

For the very first scene to the very end, the audience is bombarded with loud explosions and gunfire. I think Nolan wanted to give the impression that the audience is in the war-zone with the characters, but…

Isn’t that what good movies do without killing your eardrums?

I, personally, get triggered by loud noises. It’s something that I’ve had to deal with since I was small. Dunno what causes it! Just a fact of my life. Seriously, I had to be excused from singing time at camp because we were all congregated under the metal pavilion and the sound bouncing off the metal gave me panic attacks.

That’s just me.

But I know there are people out there with similar issues and they probably found Dunkirk as needlessly loud as me.

But the sound editing wasn’t the only problem with being too loud.

The music. Good God, the music!

There were several instances where the actors would all go quiet and freeze. As though they’re listening for something.

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WHAT?!? I CAN’T HEAR ANYTHING OVER THE OBNOXIOUS ORGAN MUSIC!!!

Oh there was a plane creeping up on them. Well there goes an opportunity to experience that sense of ‘oh shit’ with the characters and actually develop a sense of companionship with these poor soldiers who are about to be bombed!

All sense of ambiance is lost when the music won’t quit. I honestly, after seeing the movie just last night, cannot remember the music. It was just noise!

Seriously, I used to love Hans Zimmer. What happened, bro?

And then the editing…

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No.

Just…no.

The editing is all over the place. There are three storylines in Dunkirk.

The pilots.

The civilian ships.

The soldiers on the beach.

Yes, at the beginning of the movie Nolan separated the storylines with establishing shots of each one of these story threads with…

1. The Beach (one week)

2. The Pilots (one day)

3. The Civilian Ship (6 hours)

With, like, literally two seconds for the audience to realize then and there that these locations are going to be told in different time frames. I only picked up on that little nugget of information halfway through the movie when I’m like “WTF is happening here?!”

So…all in all?

If you go and watch war movies like A Bridge Too Far, Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, Sands of Iwo Jima, Letters to Iwo Jima, Gettysburg, Glory or even Master and Commander, you will see a war movie done right.

Pacing.

Memorable soundtrack.

Breaks from the action- and aforementioned soundtrack- that are much needed for both the characters and the audience.

Actually, that’s basic Movie 101.

Dunkirk is not a good war movie. I don’t care what the critics say. And apparently they’re saying it’s the greatest war movie of all time. Seriously?! Go watch any of the previously listed war movies and decide what constitutes as a great war film!

Dunkirk is a disappointing artistic fluff piece that should have been bombed before production.

Glad I saw the movie, but…

Because of the bombastic soundtracks alone, I would recommend not seeing it in theaters. Just wait for the DVD or when it’s on TV and you can control the volume.

2/5 stars.