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Dunkirk (2017)
Topic Started: Aug 25 2017, 12:59 PM (155 Views)
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Wow! This film really impressed me, and I don't get impressed all that often at the movies. It has all the appearances of an action-war film, but it's actually a hidden art film.
The enemy is hardly seen, and the soldiers (except for two pilots) never do any fighting--they're just trying to get away. And it's structured like Intolerance, inter-cutting three separate stories; only instead of being centuries apart, the stories are days, then hours, then minutes apart. Part of the excitement of the film's climax is realizing that the stories are all coming together.
Dunkirk is based on a series of ironies, but never becomes cynical. Rather, it's patriotic and uplifting. Viscerally exciting throughout, but also moving--it almost brought me to tears at one point.
So this is a definite recommendation. And don't wait for the video. I don't care how big your TV is. The film will lose so much impact on the home screen. It was shot in IMAX 70mm, and I saw it on the biggest IMAX screen in NYC. (97'x76' with 18K resolution.) See it that way if at all possible. It's really quite something.
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