Dunkirk

Dunkirk ★★★★½

While watching this, I felt like I was in an alternate universe where Hollywood formulas had evolved on an entirely different path. This is steeped in the cinematic traditions of the '50s and the '20s, and is, thankfully, distanced from its marketing. Dunkirk is so wholly focused on its intended mood that, walking away, it comes across as a still image: tactile and resistant to an easy narrative flow. Instead, it lives in that two-dimensional plane, where actions unfold again and again and a story is told through experience and proximity. Details become fuzzy as you pore over the grain of the film, but the emotion, tension, and utter randomness of destruction persist and ring true.