Here are the early reactions to Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war movie. These are coming in from Twitter, but I’ll just paste them here because too many embeds will be a nightmare.
#Dunkirk is chaotic, relentless, thrilling & one of the most captivating movies you will see this year. A master class in craft. What a ride
30 seconds in, Nolan once again delivers a spectacular edge-of-your-seat opening sequence. And then it just keeps upping the tension
From direction to editing to cinematography to score, w/ #Dunkirk Christopher Nolan proves he is one of the great filmmakers of our time
The thing about this film is it very consciously veers away from character development. It’s very in-the-moment kinda filmmaking
I liked that, tho. In this situation, soldiers & rescuers were all thrown together. No one really knew anyone. It was all about survival
So don’t expect some 20-min monologue about some girl some dude has back home. No time for that. It’s all go! go! go! Now RUN!
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
Dunkirk is edge of your seat filmmaking that’s fully realized in @IMAX. Can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it. See this in IMAX!
A lot of people were wondering about @harry_styles & unknown cast. They’re all great but Dunkirk is not about any one solider.
Also ‘Dunkirk’ is another brilliant collaboration between Nolan & @HansZimmer. The way he mixes in a ticking clock with score is nail biting
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 10, 2017
DUNKIRK is 1 of the most immersive cinematic experiences I’ve ever had.
Mind-blowing non-linear storytelling.
See 70mm IMAX film if u can.
Around 75% of DUNKIRK was shot on IMAX film. Other scenes shot on glorious 65mm film.
Zimmer’s score is the leading character of the film.
I’ll say this about #Dunkirk: watch it in the biggest, loudest, IMAXiest cinema possible. Like an IMAX, say.
If your big #Dunkirk question is “So is Harry Styles any good?”, I have the answer: he’s good. Acquits himself admirably. Points for Styles.
Also, #Dunkirk is a war film, but not like one I’ve ever seen before. It’s the closest I could imagine to being there. It’s loud and brutal.
Worth saying that #Dunkirk is a truly Nolanesque, cold film. It’s not drum-banging patriotic propaganda, it’s bleak, coarse and unrelenting.
I saw #Dunkirk, and it’s a triumph for all involved. Relentlessly tense and superbly crafted, it feels like an instant classic.
And that 70mm IMAX print? Insane. So immersive, makes 3D looks like a cheap parlour trick. See #Dunkirk large and loud.
Looks like Nolan is onto a winner here. As a history nerd, I’m going to be interested to see how they handle the historical accuracy of this. In short, Boch did not crush the British because the French were creating bigger problems elsewhere and no backup was available for his forces, which were spent, and unable to crush the pocket.
If the Germans attacked the British with all of their power, they left themselves open to being destroyed by a French counterattack. Of course, this is inconvenient history.