Magnificent 70mm

Dunkirk

Christopher NolanUnited Kingdom106 minutes2017PGColourEnglish

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Christopher Nolan, the king of the conceptual blockbuster, finds a newly perfect fusion of form and content with this chronicle of the “miraculous” Allied evacuation from France in the summer of 1940, which saw over 300,000 men safely ferried across the Channel as Hitler’s forces closed in. Intricately interweaving three arenas of action (land, sea, and air) and three timelines (one week, one day, and one hour, respectively), Nolan creates a dazzlingly panoramic effect via fragmentation, and this wordiest of writer-directors scales back the chatter in favour of crafting a kind of visual essay about fear, uncertainty, and courage.