Hey film fans. At GoSeeTalk, we are great admirers of Christopher Nolan. The man’s body of work speaks for itself, and with his latest, Dunkirk, Nolan has outdone himself. Less a war move and more a tension-filled rescue movie, the film has been strong at the box office. It continues to impress and leave a wake of critics all too eager to lavish it with praise.
Much of the experience is related to the venue, and, if you’ve seen The Dark Knight, that is news to no one. Nolan takes great pride both filming and exhibiting in IMAX and Dunkirk truly immerses you in the high stakes action/drama of the story, even from the very first moments. The result is jaw-dropping but it is also inspiring and uplifting.
Amid a crowded roster of tent-pole and other studio releases, Dunkirk was the #1 Movie in America two weekends in a row; Nolan’s film crossed the $100 million mark domestically and the $250 million mark Worldwide.
We will vouch for Nolan at the drop of a cloned hat as we have been fans since Memento. He’s come a long way since then, but Nolan has retained that focused/intimate component to his narratives while continually growing as a filmmaker. Check out this interview the AP ran after spending some time with Nolan to discuss his experience on the film.
Dunkirk has stuck with us since we saw it, but we came across some praise for the film that comes across better that anything we could scribe. For example, take this segment from Brian Roan’s write up at TheFilmStage.com:
Every blockbuster I’ve seen this summer has felt thin, ethereal. Light projected on a screen, images flashing and noises sounding, but with no blood or soul behind them. The movies never felt alive, and they never felt invested in the audience who might be watching them. They seemed to exist independent of us, and one could imagine Spider-Man: Homecoming or War for the Planet of the Apes playing on a loop in an empty room with no appreciable difference in the atmosphere between that screening and one filled with people. Dunkirk, in contrast, bleeds for its audience, and the audience is compelled to do the same. It creates an electricity in the theater that builds within those in attendance and then explodes from them in moments of blistering tension. It creates a feedback loop. This, at last, is a movie in the classic sense. A film I didn’t know I had been waiting for all summer. One that casts a spell, that fills the theater like a physical force.
But don’t just take our (or Brian’s) word for it – make sure you see this on BIG screen, especially IMAX and 70mm while you can!