Damson - What we're watching #24
We have watched just about every movie that is produced in Dolby Atmos, but for sheer scale, Dunkirk is head and shoulders above the rest.
Most people know the story of Dunkirk already: The incredible World War Two allied evacuation, which was a flotilla of small civilian boats sent over from the British coast to rescue the stranded troops from France. We guarantee you will have never seen the story told like this before. The Dunkirk evacuation has been done to great effect on screen before, notably in 2007's Atonement, but here Christopher Nolan has created a movie that will stay with you long after the end credits have rolled.
"Dunkirk," tells the story of the evacuation from three different perspectives. Essentially, one from land, one from sea and one from the air. Ingeniously, these three strands take place over three different time periods: One hour, one day and one week, respectively. This sounds like it would get a bit confusing, but thankful they all converge in a very satisfying way and it's pretty clear what's going on. Come on, if you're going to trust any director to mess around with time but still have a clear end goal, it's Christopher Nolan.
The best way to describe the feeling when watching "Dunkirk" is an absolute assault on the senses. The sound design is absolutely thunderous (hence the seamless transition into Home Cinemas). Throughout the whole movie, there is only minimal dialogue, which gives makes "Dunkirk" play like some classic silent cinema. The lack of dialogue and bombastic special effects are underpinned by the always amazing Hans Zimmer, who again when working with Nolan has created one of the most memorable music scores of all time. The music is devastatingly good and ramps up to the tension and expectation to an almost unbearable level. Seriously, Zimmer is an absolute master at what he does.
The cast, as you would expect, is very, very impressive. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Brannagh, Mark Rylance, the list goes on. However, despite all of this star power, it never feels like a vehicle for one. It truly is a great ensemble piece and introduces some amazing new British actors to the world, such as Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowdon, and Barry Keoghan. And some unknown called Harry Styles pops up too. You might have heard of him.
Dunkirk is a big, big movie, make no mistake about that. But it also feels intimate because you are only following a few select characters. To humanize a movie about war isn't easy, but Nolan does it. He avoids the bigger historical pictures for the most part, and you never actually see the enemy either. This really is the most unique war movie we have ever seen.
It's not an exaggeration to say that everyone should see this movie. Christopher Nolan is at the absolute top of his game.
Watch this in Dolby Atmos with the Damson S-Series Home Cinema. You won't be disappointed.
February 29, 2020