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Mark Krawczyk: Dunkirk (8/10)
Much like Valerian (yes I said that) this film is a stunning visual experience. The cinematography is made to be seen on the big, big screen and each scene is shot perfectly. Nolan does get creative with the execution of the story, jumping around the time line rather than keeping it linear. I always enjoy this approach but with this type of film I think it is a bit jarring in the beginning. The audience may find itself more focused on where the event they are seeing fits with in the time line rather than actually focusing on what is going on in the scene. The tags they put in the beginning are meant to help but this first act is definitely a bit tough to get through.
Emotionally there are very intense and dramatic scenes that play out but you are never really with any one character long enough to care. It is a war picture so that does help in automatically instilling emotions as this is a window into actual events. I think that is what Nolan is counting on with this. For me, it just didn’t quite work. Tom Hardy has really the most interesting part in the film and I found myself wanting to just follow more of his character. While I didn’t really connect with any of the characters it is still a great cinematic experience that uses the gimmick of jumping around the time line to keep the audiences attention. He uses an older school style to present a film the does remind us that how films use to be shot. It just didn’t floor me.
Daniel Rester: Dunkirk (8.8/10)
Despite its jarring narrative time shifts and lack of character development, “Dunkirk” is a highly impressive war film that further demonstrates that Christopher Nolan is a masterful modern filmmaker. The film is a nail-biting experience from beginning to end, especially in its aerial sequences featuring Tom Hardy. The cinematography and sound mixing and editing are brilliant and deserve Oscar consideration; both elements truly help pull the viewers into the film’s world. This is one of the best films of the year so far and a must-see on the big screen.
Nick Casaletto: Dunkirk (8.5/10)
Dunkirk is a spectacle, a cinematic event that will be sure to please not only fans of Nolan, but those of us who appreciate film on a technical level. The usage of real locations, boats and practical effects are masterful. The multiple points-of-view of war creates an atmospheric intensity that simply can’t be described. This is a movie to witness yourself, and take the journey with these allied soldiers. This isn’t quite the masterpiece that some claim it to be, but I can’t help but say that Dunkirk is one of the greatest directorial achievements of the 21st century.
Matt Marshall: Dunkirk (10/10)
Dunkirk is sheer proof once again that Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest directorial minds in Hollywood today. Memento, The Dark Knight and Inception sealed that deal years ago. With Dunkirk, Nolan offers the war epic of our time. Though light on character development, Dunkirk concentrates more on the overall scope as these 400,000 courageous soldiers are caught in an intense life or death predicament. The practical effects, brilliant cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema, impeccable sound design and editing shape a master class in film making. This should certainly put Nolan back on the Academy’s radar.
Ashley Menzel: Dunkirk (9/10)
Dunkirk is without a doubt the most epic and spectacularly stunning film Christopher Nolan has made in years. It will go down as one of the greatest war films of this generation, despite its few flaws. Christopher Nolan succeeds in bringing a story to life that reminds us of the struggles of the previous generation, the horrors of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Tony Estrada: Dunkirk (7.5/10)
Christopher Nolan has crafted such a beautiful-looking and heart-pounding war survival film. I do wish I latched on to the characters more but I was able to feel for the characters enough to get behind their journey and Christopher Nolan uses the clever actions speak louder than words technique which is what made this survival story such a breath of fresh air. The cinematography is breathtaking, the writing is brilliant, the direction is terrific, the score is beautifully composed by Hans Zimmer, and the sound mixing/editing sounds so realistic that I forget I’m watching a movie at times. The unique structure of cutting to three storylines throughout the film, while jarring at times, does work and it helps stand out from other war films. Dunkirk isn’t one of my favorite Nolan movies but it’s definitely one of his most admirable movies because his storytelling in this feature is so unique that I can’t help but find myself riveted for the majority of its running time. Bravo, Mr. Nolan!
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for Dunkirk: 8.6/10
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