Broadsheet Trailer Park: Dunkirk



What you may need to know

1. The new film from Christopher “just give me a god-damn Oscar already” Nolan.

2. He changed superhero movies (possibly peaked them) with the Dark Knight Trilogy and re-energised smart science fiction with Inception (2010) and Interstellar (2014); Nolan is back now with this surprisingly conventional-looking World War II drama based on the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940, when hundreds of thousands of British and Allied soldiers were stranded at the northernmost tip of France. Surrender was on the cards, until a flotilla of fishing boats, yachts and merchant vessels set sail from across the south of England to mount a daring rescue. It’s known as “the miracle of the little ships”.

3. Brexit: the movie basically.

4. The events were previously dramatised in Joe Wright’s Atonement (2007) with this extraordinary 5-minute tracking shot.

5. Good showing for Ireland on the cast, which includes Cillian Murphy – a regular member of Nolan’s troupe – and Love/Hate cat killer Barry Keoghan.

6. Yes, that’s One Direction dreamboat Harry Styles at .48. Now that the pop career has started to dry up, he’s decided to try his hand at acting…and landed a role in the biggest film of the year by the biggest director in the world. How jammy can one kid be? All while Dancing with the Stars and I’m a Celebrity… beckon for the other four. The other three? Whatever.

7. Nolan has been gunning for an Oscar for years. The Dark Knight was denied a richly-deserved nomination in 2008 (the snub eventually led to an increase in Best Picture nominees); Interstellar was in there in 2014, but never had a hope of winning. The director is clearly heeding Ricky Gervais’ advice to Kate Winslet.

8. The production spent $5m on an authentic former Luftwaffe fighter, with the intention of strapping it with an IMAX camera and then crashing it. You’d wonder what is the point in the age of CGI everything, but there you go. Might be a load of guff too, for that matter.

It’s a somewhat underwhelming trailer to be honest. That said, it’s the first film Nolan has made without any science fiction or high-concept elements (other than the good-but-not-great Insomnia (2002)), so that’s what is missing. Knowing his propensity for going big on the psychological elements of his characters and stories, one expects that Dunkirk will be just as concerned with personal battles as explosive ones.

War, what is it good for? Absolutely Nolan.

Release Date: July 2017

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28 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Dunkirk

  1. Fully Keen

    Insomnia is a great movie. It improves with repeated viewings. Seems like a simple movie on the surface but the tone is so odd. Very good.

    Interstellar was an amazing movie to experience in the cinema. I have never had such an emotional experience watching a movie. The last ten minutes almost ruin it.

    I’m guessing Dunkirk will not be a straight forward war movie. It will be very detailed and emotional, like yer ma.

  2. rotide

    Another good one… on the same day as release no less!

    Someone supply Doug with a weeks worth of Ferrero Rocher

  3. mildred st. meadowlark

    Good job again this week. I’ll second what he says about that shot in Atonement. Great film. Almost worth watching for the amazing cinematography.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        There’s a great interview with Joe Wright about the difficulty of actually making that shot. I’ll see if I can’t find it.

  4. Unlucky in locks

    I thought Insomnia was excellent. I think Nolan is somewhat overrated, but Insomnia stands out as a film he didn’t go overboard with, and managed to come up with a good ending. I dunno why, but the endings of most of his films seem somewhat force to me, or dragged out at times

    1. Cloud

      Nolan does have his flaws. His edits are always distracting for some reason, and exposition dialogue is always clunky as hell. Looks like Branagh’s got the job this time.

    2. Harry Molloy

      I agree with the endings, but I think The Prestige works perfectly. Probably because it’s simply a really good story rather than a high concept

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        I always forget about the Prestige. It’s a really entertaining watch. The end has a lovely little note of darkness to it.

  5. mildred st. meadowlark

    Also, for you film lovers out there, there is a great series called The History of Film: An Odyssy by some northern Irish lad (can’t remember his name) but it is *excellent*. Not sure if I’ve recommended it before but it is well worth the watch.

  6. Joe Cool

    Any time I’ve tried to read anything about it, it gets smothered in teenagers because harry styles is in it

  7. dav

    1st time that I’ve heard of Dogfights over Dunkirk!
    History always taught that the RAF kept their powder dry in that one.

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