I’ve got to disagree here. I’ve seen so many people diss on this film because of, how you put it, “bland” it is. People need to realize that war is not all just blood, gore and fighting. A lot of it was waiting in terror, not knowing what was going to happen. Also, this movie was not depicting the actual battle of Dunkirk necessarily, it was telling the story of the evacuation and “miracle” of Dunkirk.
As far as the characters being bland, these were soldiers. Actual soldiers. Soldiers on the battlefield had no arcs, compelling character traits, and so on and so forth. A war movie like Saving Private Ryan, for example, had fictional characters that were given these things to keep the story engaging. Hacksaw Ridge, on the other hand, had an actual solider depicted who was already compelling on his own. Dunkirk did not have this type compelling solider, nor did most of the battles in WWII.
So don’t go hating on this film just because it didn’t satisfy you with it’s kill count or insanely compelling characters. It wasn’t meant to be that kind of film, nor was it that kind of battle.
This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by jacksonG35.
Don’t really get the hate for Dunkirk. The movie I think was more about recreating the atmosphere of actually being there (The dread, the uncertainty, the fear), rather than the more traditional war movie motif that focuses more on individual characters. Not everyone’s cup of tea I guess.
As far as the OP goes I can’t say because I haven’t seen any Nolan films other than his Batman trilogy. If I had to pick one out of those 3 I’d say Dark Knight Rises. I just don’t care for it & only saw it once for the sake of completing the trilogy(& that was 2 years ago that I finally saw it) but when it came out a few of my friends said it was the best Batman movie so it already put a sour taste in my mouth about it. I do, however, want to see Dunkirk.
This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by Jaidabecca.
I’m also of the mind that it’s all of them. I’m just not a Nolan fan. He has GREAT visuals. His shots are definitely stunning and brave (where have I heard that phrase before?)
I can’t even narrow it down to a single movie as I have to give it to The Dark Knight trilogy. It’s not good. The stories are not focused on Batman. The whole, “this is what Batman would be like in real life” arguments are complete bullshit. Yeah, many of those technologies exist in real life. You know who uses them? Nobody. Do you know why? Because they suck.
We HAVE 2 real life billionaires in America who could actually do the things Bruce Wayne does with his money. Jeff Bezos would rather sit on his ass and Elon Musk is so busy flying to space and building a tunnel under LA to care. And let’s face it, Elon Musk is the closest we have to a real-life Bruce Wayne and he’s STILL not developing Batman gadgets. Why? Because it’s stupid. There’s a reason you don’t try to make a “real life” version of a comic and the Dark Knight trilogy explains it.
Oddly, the best live-action comic that stayed true to the comics AND pulled off a believable live-action was The Flash until this past season.
Speaking of Dunkirk, I thought it was awesome and another Nolan masterpiece, especially on a technical level (with the editing and especially the sound design which was phenomenal). Only Christopher Nolan can make a war movie so atmospheric, unsettling, suffocating and intense while still keeping a PG-13 rating without resorting to excessive violence (I mean it is “violent” in a way but not in the overblown sense I guess) and gore (which is the typical trait you’d see in any war movie pretty much). It is actually the lack of gore in the movie and how you don’t even see the enemy at all in pretty much the entire movie which made Dunkirk so effective and unique, and only a director like Christopher Nolan can pull this off.
This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by profoundlore.
I like to believe that his portrayal was great despite his tragic death. He nailed the psychopathic side of Joker really fuckin’ good. Jack Nicholson is great for the playful “joke” side of Joker & Heath Ledger is great for the brutal, never-know-what-he’s-gonna-do-next kind of Joker. Although Joaquin Phoenix is pretty good as well for the “decent into madness” that we rarely see.
I think it’s incredible as an experience film, rather than a character driven work. I think it’s also wonderfully directed and the sound design is incredible. It isn’t my favorite by him at all though. He hasn’t missed yet for me.