Evan’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Thin Red Line + Mad Max: Fury Road + Titanic = Dunkirk
Remember when I said Baby Driver gave me an adrenaline rush like I had never experienced from a movie before?
Well the adrenaline rush I got from that film PALES in comparison to the rush I just experienced during the entirety of Dunkirk.
Dunkirk is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The wonder, the scope, and the magnitude contained in this film is something I've never experienced before. I teared up a few times because of how overwhelmed I was. Between the score and what was happening on screen, I was at a total loss. Hans Zimmer has really outdone himself. The score is nothing short of phenomenal.
Watching Dunkirk is perhaps the most visceral viewing experience I've ever had. It's some of the most masterful filmmaking ever; period, point blank, end of story. Visual story telling at it's finest. In a way, it's a silent film with a booming score. There is dialogue, but the speaking is minimal through out the movie. Most of the time we just hear the score, bullets flying, airplanes zooming through the air, and bombs being dropped.
Holy fucking shit Tom Hardy is the MVP. WTF, I like Harry Styles now!? Harry was surprisingly outstanding and he gets a lot of screen time. He very well might have a serious future in movies; I was VERY impressed with his performance. If it wasn't for Tom Hardy's pure badassery, Styles would have been my favorite character. Fionn Whitehead who plays another young soldier is also fantastic. Two gents who've never been in a movie come into Dunkirk and KILL it!
I've seen a few people (word to Jeremy Jahns) complain about there not being a main character or they don't give us enough background information to feel for these characters. That isn't the point of this movie!! YOU, the audience member is the main character. The purpose of this movie is to immerse the viewer into this situation. Nolan created this film so the audience could experience the event of Dunkirk. We are supposed to put ourselves in the shoes of these soldiers. We are supposed to be in the platoon with Harry Styles. We are supposed to be in the fighter planes with Tom Hardy. If I'm in a boat getting bombed, am I going to ask a bunch of questions to other soldiers about their personal life? Fuck no I'm not! I'm trying to survive not learn your life story!
I'm so shook right now. I'm not even sure if I can drive home right now. Saying this movie is epic would be totally underselling it.