First viewing since 1995. Way more fun than I remembered. Also, still pretty bad. But hey, it's enjoyable bad. Excited to discuss this one with on the podcast!
A little better on second viewing. The problems still exist and hamper the film in a big way. This is a mash-up of science fiction ideas that have been done better in other movies. There is too much exposition for plot points that we already understand through the visual storytelling. Some of the scenes look so very clearly shot in a studio that it takes me out of the moment.
But there is a lot to like, as well. Some…
That was an experience both nightmarish and beautiful, profound and disturbing, artsy and terrifying. The art is in the style, the terror in the reality. By the third time seeing Scarlett Johansson nude, I couldn't even look. Our culture's views on everything from body image to sexuality to gender to morality have been exposed. It is disturbing, confusing, and absolutely wonderful.
Christopher Nolan’s latest film is a relentless, hold your breath affair, set to an almost never ceasing score and oozing with atmospheric dread. Fear, after all, is at the heart of this portrayal of the civilian rescue of nearly 330,00 allied troops pinned down by Germany on the beaches of Dunkirk. It is a wholly unique war film, gorgeously shot and focusing on the authenticity of its characters’ emotions, displayed much more in act than exposition. A truly remarkable achievement, but many will balk at the style and structure. Leave your expectations at the door and you might just come away amazed.