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Christopher Nolan‘s DUNKIRK Won’t Just Be Another WWII Film… Just Kidding

Christopher Nolan‘s DUNKIRK Won’t Just Be Another WWII Film… Just Kidding

Christopher Nolan can do no wrong. In some ways, this is very frustrating. His newest film is his take on WWII, Dunkirk. Does the world really need another WWII film? There have been many great films, miniseries, television shows, video games… You get my point. But, had you asked me before seeing The Prestige whether I’d rather see a movie about magicians or be slapped, I’d choose slap. Unfortunately, The Prestige was outstanding. Sigh, thus Christopher Nolan can (and will) do whatever he wants.

Apparently, some people have criticized Nolan’s films for being too bogged down by dialogue. Nolan’s scripts certainly can’t be as chatty as Quentin Tarantino’s, and people spoon that dialogue-heavy soup up and thank him for it. So, Dunkirk will rely on its visuals and action more than most. And, Nolan stated that the story of this evacuation will be told from three perspectives:

Nolan said (via Google translation).

“The film is told from three points of view. The air (planes), the land (on the beach) and the sea (the evacuation by the navy). For the soldiers embarked in the conflict, the events took place on different temporalities. On land, some stayed one week stuck on the beach. On the water, the events lasted a maximum day; And if you were flying to Dunkirk, the British spitfires would carry an hour of fuel. To mingle these different versions of history, one had to mix the temporal strata. Hence the complicated structure; Even if the story, once again, is very simple.”

Nolan continued:

“This is an essential moment in the history of the Second World War. If this evacuation had not been a success, Great Britain would have been obliged to capitulate. And the whole world would have been lost, or would have known a different fate: the Germans would undoubtedly have conquered Europe, the US would not have returned to war. It is a true point of rupture in war and in history of the world. A decisive moment. And the success of the evacuation allowed Churchill to impose the idea of a moral victory, which allowed him to galvanize his troops like civilians and to impose a spirit of resistance while the logic of this sequence should have been that of surrender. Militarily it is a defeat; On the human plane it is a colossal victory.”

Dunkirk arrives in theaters July 21, 2017. It stars Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy.

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Tyler Richardson

Tyler resides in Brooklyn, NY but was raised in Northern Virginia, where trees are. He’s a freelance writer, burrito enthusiast, and stand-up comedian. Tyler loves writing about horror movies, comic book films, and is a proud fan of Pauly Shore’s body of work.

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