‘Dunkirk’ is a fantastic film, go see it

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It’s not every day that I walk out of a film theater fully impressed with a film.

Last Sunday afternoon, I made my way down to Pensacola to watch Christopher Nolan’s latest, “Dunkirk.”

The film chronicles the mission that helped save some 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers who were evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk. In May 1940, Germany advanced into France and trapped the allied troops on the beaches there; and the film depicted the evacuation as French and British forces provided cover so the soldiers could get off of Dunkirk.

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As many of you may know, Nolan is best-known for his Dark Knight Trilogy of films, which includes “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.” His other works include “Memento,” “Interstellar,” “Inception,” “The Prestige” and “Insomnia.”

Nolan has also written or helped write many films as well.

“Dunkirk” is his directorial masterpiece.

The film combines everything from great storytelling (as Nolan is well-known for), cinematography (Nolan shot the film in IMAX) and great acting from a hodge-podge group of Nolan favorites and some I’m not familiar with.

One element that I noticed throughout the film was the use of time.

Hans Zimmer, who has worked with Nolan several times before, composed the score for “Dunkirk,” and his use of strings, brass and percussion are what drives the film forward at a perfect pace. Some scenes in the film are made by the music.

As of late, Nolan has started filming film in the IMAX format. I believe this gives the filmgoer a different perspective.

While there were many scenes that involved up and close shots of the actors, Nolan used the air around subjects/objects in a good way.

For instance, there was one scene where the camera focused solely on an airplane with the English Channel below. The camera captured more of the sea than anything, but it worked for me because it made me realize how big of a mission Dunkirk was. That was just me; it may be different for you.

This is probably the best film I’ve seen this year, and that’s saying something. It’s right up there with Detective Comics’ “Wonder Woman,” which was released in early June.

More than likely, I’m going to see “Dunkirk” once more to help me gain a full appreciation for this masterful piece of art.

If you decide to go and see it, be sure to view it in the IMAX format. You will not regret it.

Go and see “Dunkirk” because you’ll thank me later.