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Dunkirk

 (12A)
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  Dunkirk Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
8.71 /10
 
Starring
Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh
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Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan

 
 
 
Released: 2017
   
Genre: DRAMA
OVERRATED
WAR
EPIC
WORLD WAR II
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 106
 
 


 
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The surpassing accomplishment of Dunkirk is to make us feel an almost literal fusion with its story. It's not so much that we've seen a splendid movie, though we have, but as if we've been taken inside a historic event, become wholly immersed in something real and alive.
(Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
Seldom has a film so eloquently captured the craziness, brutality and arbitrariness of war. Dunkirk just might be Nolanís masterpiece.
(Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Dunkirk is a tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterdayís fights and todayís.
(Manohla Dargis, New York Times)
In Dunkirk, an astonishing evocation of a crucial event during the first year of World War II, Christopher Nolan has created something new in the annals of war films ó an intimate epic.
(Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal)
Itís one of the best war films ever made, distinct in its look, in its approach and in the effect it has on viewers. There are movies ó they are rare ó that lift you out of your present circumstances and immerse you so fully in another experience that you watch in a state of jaw-dropped awe. Dunkirk is that kind of movie.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Nolan has crafted a tight, gripping, deeply involving and unforgettable film that ranks about the best war movies of the decade.
(Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times)
Dunkirk is a staggering feat of filmmaking, as Nolan's fans are accustomed. Van Hoytema's cinematography conveys death trap closeness even with IMAX cameras on a vast beach. Hans Zimmer again proves himself a masterfully dramatic composer, turning violins into the sound of spiraling aircraft. The performances are solid as such Nolan's vision requires, including pop star Harry Styles briefly.
(Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times)
Let other directors play with toy soldiers and computer effects. This is big-time, old-school filmmaking. Dunkirk isnít overdone. Itís simply done epically... But itís also human. It has room for small acts of heroism, of kindness, of forgiveness. And for a single, simple important, timeless message of resilience: Take what comes. Do what you can. Never surrender.
(Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News)
This is visceral, big-budget filmmaking that can be called Art. Itís also, hands down, the best motion picture of the year so far.
(Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)
Dunkirk is an impressionist masterpiece. These are not the first words you expect to see applied to a giant-budgeted summer entertainment made by one of the industry's most dependably commercial big-name directors. But this is a war film like few others, one that may employ a large and expensive canvas but that conveys the whole through isolated, brilliantly realized, often private moments more than via sheer spectacle, although that is here too.
(Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter)
Christopher Nolanís astonishing new film... is a work of heart-hammering intensity and grandeur that demands to be seen on the best and biggest screen within reach. But its spectacle doesnít stop at the recreations of Second World War combat. Like all great war films, itís every bit as transfixing up close.
(Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph)
This is a powerful, superbly crafted film with a story to tell, avoiding war porn in favour of something desolate and apocalyptic, a beachscape of shame, littered with soldiers zombified with defeat, a grimly male world with hardly any women on screen. It is Nolanís best film so far.
(Peter Bradshaw, Guardian)
Although Dunkirk is not as labyrinthine as Nolanís Memento (2000) or Inception (2010), its strike rate upon our senses is rarely in doubt, and there is a beautiful justice in watching it end, as it has to, in flames. Land, sea, air, and, finally, fire: the elements are complete, honor is salvaged, and the men who were lost scrape home.
(Anthony Lane, New Yorker)
The tensest beach-set film since Jaws.
(Nick De Semlyen, Empire)
A dazzling spectacle that demands to be seen on the silver screen. Nolan shot it using 65mm film, which is rare these days, but gives his film the visual scope of old-fashioned epics such as Ben-Hur. Dunkirk, too, is indubitably epic.
(Brian Viner, Daily Mail)

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