Reviews are still embargoed, but some critics shown early screenings of Christopher Nolan’s war movie ‘Dunkirk’ have gone as far as to hail it as ‘a classic’.
The movie, which stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh, along with newcomers Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney and Jack Lowden (and some chap called Harry Styles), tells the story of the evacuation of the besieged Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940.
Nolan’s huge production has used pioneering practical effects, actual planes and boats from the era, and 6000 extras, all filmed on huge IMAX cameras.
And it would seem that Nolan and his cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema’s work has paid off.
Many have also noted that the movie features scant dialogue, with the action on screen very much driving the story.
Erik Davis of Fandango has called it ‘chaotic, relentless, thrilling & one of the most captivating movies you will see this year. A master class in craft. What a ride’.
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
Many others have also weighed in on Twitter now the social media embargo has been lifted.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 10, 2017
DUNKIRK: intense! 3 intercutting stories on 3 time frames. Almost a silent film, w/ incredible score. May be divisive. I LOVED. See 70mm! pic.twitter.com/E6Xga21Skm
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) July 10, 2017
I saw #Dunkirk, and it's a triumph for all involved. Relentlessly tense and superbly crafted, it feels like an instant classic.
— Tom Butler (@TomButler) July 10, 2017
DUNKIRK is fantastic. Truly thrilling from first to last second. A heartbreaking, heart-pounding, nail-biting offering. Nolan fans, rejoice.
— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) July 10, 2017
— Jason Guerrasio (@JasonGuerrasio) July 10, 2017
It seems that Nolan’s approach hasn’t universally impressed, however, some bemoaning the fact that the lack of dialogue means characters are not fleshed out properly.
Dunkirk is thrilling, beautiful & a must in 70mm IMAX – but it's also hard to ignore that it has zero distinctive personalities/characters.
— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) July 10, 2017
But others beg to differ…
But I feel that is part of what makes the film great. No set-up. He drops you in just like the soldiers. Figure it out along the way.
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) July 10, 2017
Whatever the critical outcome, it would appear that Nolan has – once again – made something that is genuinely ground-breaking.
The movie is due out across the UK on July 21.
Here’s the official synopsis: ‘Dunkirk’ opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.