‘Dunkirk’ Movie Review

Dunkirk is a film set in World War II about the Dunkirk evacuation when the Germans had Allied soldiers trapped on a beach in France. They are surrounded and desperate to get home and be done with this terrible situation. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan, which automatically makes anyone excited to see it. Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) is a solider on land and along side him is a French soldier (Damien Bonnard). Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) and his son, Peter (Tom Glynn- Carney) help out the navy with the evacuation along with Peter’s friend, George (Barry Keoghan).  There are also two pilots, Farrier (Tom Hardy) and Collins (Jack Lowden), providing air support and taking out German planes.

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This movie is purely about the experience of watching it. It starts right in the middle of what’s going on and doesn’t take a break at all throughout the film. The way Nolan shoots the movie makes you feel like you are on that beach and have no hope of survival. This might just be the best looking movie of the year, visually. the way Nolan uses IMAX cameras is genius. I can’t remember a shot that took me out of the movie, it was just all great. If you get a chance, see this movie in IMAX because it is the best way to see it. He also shoots on real locations, uses real ships, and as many practical effects as possible. This just adds to that tense feeling you feel in the movie. The sound design is also spectacular, some of the beast I’ve ever heard. It’s completely immersive, especially in IMAX. If the characters are in a ship, every sound is perfect, the gunshots, he waves, the German planes descending on the Allies, were all just pristine quality.

The movie also has an interesting element using time. I won’t spoil it, but at the beginning of the movie they give you some information. It is a little bit confusing at first, but as the movie goes on you start to piece things together and the whole film becomes more coherent. It reminded me of some of his previous films like Memento and The Prestige. However, this element does make the movie much more tiring to watch, because the way they use this does become slightly convoluted. It does give you a basic enough idea of the story, but it’s difficult to put the whole puzzle together.

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The film has been getting criticism for poor characters, saying that they aren’t fleshed out at all. While that critique is valid, that aspect worked beautifully for me. If you are in this situation, you won’t have time to ask anybody how the kids are doing, or who they have at home. It is so frantic and intense that you don’t have time to make friends. If they spent time with character, I feel like the purpose of the film would be undermined. Almost every war movie is about characters, and most of them work very well like Saving Private Ryan. So, if Nolan had done a conventional war movie, then it would have been like all the rest. Instead of that, he pushed against the stereotype and made a war film purely about spectacle and experience. The one negative about this is that you don’t feel any danger for any one particular character. Like I said, you feel like you’re on the beach surrounded by Germans, and that makes you terrified for the British as a whole. However, the film puts certain characters in the forefront, and you don’t feel very attached to them individually.

I personally think that Dunkirk is one of the best movies of the year so far. It is exhilarating and sensational. You’ll hold your breath throughout the entire film. If you haven’t seen Dunkirk yet, I highly recommend seeing it in IMAX. It is meant to be seen with the biggest screens and the best sound systems. While it isn’t one of Nolan’s best movies it is still really fun watch. Also take into consideration, he hasn’t really ever made a bad movie yet. Some are better than others, but they are all good movies.

Rating: A

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Dunkirk stars Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Tom Hardy, and Jack Lowden. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

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August 4-6 Weekend Box Office Report

This weekend was relatively slow for movies. There weren’t many new releases, but there is still some interesting things to report on.

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The Dark Tower topped out the box office making $19.5 million in its opening weekend. The film has been getting some criticism for its disservice to the books, and this shows in the numbers this weekend. The film was on a budget of only $60 million, so it should make its money back in international box office if not domestic. Dunkirk stands strong in second place earning $17.6 million in its third weekend putting it at $133,555,738 for total gross. It took a 33% drop from last weekend. The film is making more than Nolan’s earlier works, but has yet to surpass the Dark Knight movies, Inception, and Interstellar when adjusted for inflation. The only one it has a chance of catching up to is most likely Interstellar being $70 million away.

The Emoji Movie came in third place with $12.35 million taking a 49.7% drop. The movie didn’t really have a strong start last weekend, and that continues this weekend. The movie has a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, so parents might have kept kids away from the movie. Hopefully studios learn a lesson from this and put more effort into their ideas. Girls Trip got the fourth place slot with $11.4 million. Its total box office is now $85,443,720 being very successful by the standards of a pure comedy. It’s not my type of movie, but people seem to be loving it.

Finally, the critically panned Kidnap came in fifth place earning $10.2 million in its opening weekend. The budget was only around $21 million, so it has a good chance of making its money back. Although it’s not in the top five, it should be mentioned that Kathryn Bigelow’s latest film, Detroit, earned $7.25 million this weekends. The movie is probably focusing more on awards than box office, so this shouldn’t hurt them too much.

  1. The Dark Tower – $19,500,000
  2. Dunkirk – $17,600,000
  3. The Emoji Movie – $12,350,000
  4. Girls Trip – $11,418,700
  5. Kidnap – $10,210,000
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July 28-30 Weekend Box Office Report

This weekend’s box office is very interesting. The Emoji Movie opened, but with critical hate following behind it. Many critics are saying it is the worst movie of the year, and it has a terrible 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. I was hoping that it would not do well so studios would see that movies with dumb concepts and are clearly product placement aren’t just guaranteed to do well. My wish was granted because it was barely beat by Dunkirk for the number one spot.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II film made $28 million at the box office this weekend taking a 44% drop from last weekend’s $50 million opening. Its total gross is now $102.8 million. This proves how a director definitely can sell a movie, especially Nolan, who is one of the greatest director working today.

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In the number two spot we have The Emoji Movie earning $25.6 million. This is probably very disappointing for Sony as they most likely expected a higher opening for a movie about something as recognizable as emojis. This shows that it takes more than a familiar concept to make a successful film. You have to put in effort and have a great script so the whole family can enjoy it. A good example of this is The Lego Movie. It was a great movie and it opened with $69 million. It’s extremely unlikely for a World War II movie in its second weekend to beat out an animated movie in its opening weekend.

The surprise hit, Girl’s Trip, made the number three spot with $20 million in its second weekend. That means its that domestic gross so far is $65.5 million. It only dropped 35% from its opening weekend. The film has also done great critically as well with 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. Some people are even calling the movie the best comedy in recent years. Charlize Theron’s new action film, Atomic Blonde, opened at number four with $18.5 million. The movie is directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and will be directing Deadpool 2.

In the number five spot is Spider-Man: Homecoming earning $13.4 million in its fourth weekend. It’s great to see it hanging on in the top five still. he movie was a great collaborative effort between Sony and Marvel that produced a fun, exciting Spider-Man movie.

 

  1. Dunkirk                                       $28,130,000
  2. The Emoji Movie                       $25,650,000
  3. Girl’s Trip                                    $20,085,540
  4. Atomic Blonde                           $18,554,000
  5. Spider-Man: Homecoming      $13,450,000

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