Dunkirk

Dunkirk ★★★★½

With Dunkirk, Nolan has created an intense, epic war movie that at times is breathtaking. There are scenes that gave me goosebumps from how well they're executed.

Hans Zimmer's score is one of his best, as he uses the manipulative but effective clock ticking sound mixed into his bombastic score, and it adds to the tension. This movie rarely ever lets up, and the use of handheld cam really added to the intensity of the breathtaking action sequences that are both brutal and beautiful.

The editing is insanely tight, helping the story flow very quickly, and with a story that has three separate stories going on at once, it really needs tight editing and pacing to flow naturally, and man it does.

The performances are on point, and while there isn't a lot of dialogue, the actors are able to emote beautifully, even with all the intense action going on; this is visual storytelling at its best, and we have Nolan to thank for that. I feel like in any other director's hands, this could've fallen apart, but Nolan knows what he's doing.

As for problems, I have a couple; in the second act, it starts to meander a bit before picking up fairly quickly, but when it did meander for that 5-10 minute period, it was a tad dull. My only other flaw is that it is a little hard to tell who's who in some of the actions sequences; not because it's poorly filmed; because most of the actors have the same hair color and hair cut, making it harder to tell who's doing what. Those are my only flaws.

Dunkirk is truly one of the best cinematic experiences of 2017 so far, and should definitely be experienced on the biggest screen possible. It's Nolan's best since Inception.
GRADE: A-

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