joshhhh’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’ve just been lost for words ever since I saw this. I’ve even had trouble getting my thoughts into a readable write up, one that just doesn’t sound like rambling. But can you blame me? I mean, this film absolutely blew me away. With each subsequent Christopher Nolan film, the scale has been increased and the budget is bigger, yet the vision is more defined than ever. With Dunkirk, Nolan has made a complete film, I’d even argue it’s easily one of his best. It’s a unique and very interesting way to tackle war, one that showcases the faces of war. It’s more about in the moment characters than ones with fleshed out backstories, in fact you learn more about them just through their actions and small moments of humanity at a time where it seems like all is lost. Dunkirk is perfectly told and sequenced. The music, direction, dialogue (or lack of dialogue), and editing creates one fluid movement of events. Nolan has always been building his stories to be quote, “Bigger, but more elaborate,” but this is Nolan taking it back to the bare minimals. It doesn’t involve space, or vigilantes, or magic, it involves men. It’s about war, true humanity, and heroism in a time of horror. You don't need to see this on 70mm to experience it, because I didn't, and yet I felt the noise and picture breathe in the cinema. I felt my anxiety raise when I saw it, the music soar, and the camera move like a breathing organism. I felt like I was there with them. And that's Nolan's intention, to show true war. True horror. True people. And it hasn’t left me, even now. I still think about it. And I probably will for a long time.