Dunkirk ★★★★½

What an intense movie watching experience. The tension begins right from the opening of the movie and doesn't let up the entire time.

Nolan breaks free of the typical "war movie" plot lines. There was no forced dialogue which tries to explain what is going on. There's no unnecessary character development. There weren't any over the top and drawn out action/fighting/bombing scenes.

Now some may say the lack of character development and the confusion during the film would be a criticism. However, I think it works successfully here. This movie is about soldiers who are just trying to survive and get out of an area where death seems to imminent. They themselves are in a state of confusion. They're with a bunch of other soldiers whose main goals are the same - to make it out of there alive. They're not 100% sure what's going on. They're going to do what they need to do for themselves. They don't need to have those unnecessary conversations about who they are, their hopes, dreams, aspirations, life, etc. How refreshing to have a war movie where there isn't the obligatory "If I die, make sure my wife gets this letter" scene.

Nolan seems to be at the top of his game. Or is he? Everything he has directed has been solid. Can he up his game even more? Just how epic of a film can he make? Only time will tell...and I'd really like to see how it pans out.

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