Dunkirk ★★★★★

HOLY CHRIS NOLY

Let's get this out of the way; this is easily the greatest film of the year so far. What Nolan has produced here is nothing short of miraculous. It's a truly unique experience that I have never felt before. From the first few moments I was paralyzed by the monstrous sounds of gunfire, and it only became more severe. I was engulfed by the ferocity, sound and image intensified with every moment. The anxiety! Aaahh. It stuns with (yet again) an amazing Zimmer score, along with the harrowing sound design. Hoytema's camera makes you squirm, often trapping your view into close-up, whilst light and darkness conjure varied states of strong emotion. Watching the pysche of these different men be battered and manipulated was both fascinating and terrifying to witness. Yet I couldn't take my eyes away, and every moment felt oh so real. As the credits rolled I sat in shock and sweat, fully overwhelmed. Hours later my mind is still rattled. I loved it. This film is killer.


(Will be interesting to see how effective it is outside of an IMAX screen).

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