Harry Styles goes into Dunkirk battle

Harry Styles goes into Dunkirk battle”

"Dunkirk" is an intense experience, even moreso than his three "Batman" movies or "Inception" or "Interstellar".

"Dunkirk", his latest film, is different.

All hope seemed lost, but aided by a controversial German decision to briefly pause the Dunkirk offensive, Britain successfully carried out the Dunkirk evacuation, rescuing 3,38,226 mostly British and French soldiers even as the Germans breathed down their neck. Zimmer's music is a character in itself and there is hardly any character development at all, as though Nolan is trying to say that survival is the only thing that matters. Though Harry Styles' much hyped acting debut feels unnecessary and a better actor could have probably made that character more interesting.

The story is separated into three strands that weave together and overlap. It's a kill-box situation as German dive bombers raised hell on the boats and beaches, unseen snipers fired on the waiting troops and torpedos slammed into vessels. They're labeled at the front of the picture, but it still took me a while to get my bearings.

The narrative flits among various stories, with Fionn Whitehead and singer Harry Styles as young soldiers, Nolan regular Hardy as a British pilot doing battle over the Channel and Rylance serving as what amounts to a ideal, soulful surrogate for all the ordinary Britons who boarded small boats and brought their boys home. They are willing to do what the British government apparently can't or won't do in the face of what looks like humiliating defeat. "But that's Tom Hardy". From where I sat in the middle of the theatre, I could see a few more at the front leaving their seats. Their presence is felt only as imminent death from above. I suppose I should also add that, aside from the odd glimpse of a nurse, there are no roles for women, although, in this instance, I have decided not to call for any kind of boycott. This is a decidedly and proudly British story.

Hoyte Van Hoytema's cinematography takes us on a wild ride. The film has premiered on 13th July in London. Still, it doesn't feel antiseptic or sanitized.

Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard and Fionn Whitehead in a scene from Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk", opening July 20 exclusively in the 70mm IMAX film format in CT at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Leave it to a filmmaking virtuoso at the peak of his powers to break both new ground and all the rules - who else would make a triumphant war film about a crushing Allied defeat? If it's taking place in the water, you are drowning along with the actors. Nolan, meanwhile, will only let go of his 70MM reels when you pry them from his cold, dead fingers. The brief featurette has the trio discussing the value of the realistic sets and rigs that Nolan traditionally creates for his movies in order to make the scenes more immediate.

Christopher Nolan's extraordinary war drama is a visceral, nerve-shredding pulse-pounder that needs to be experienced on the biggest screen you can find.

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