July 22, 2017

Dunkirk

Chris Nolan dazzles with his complete mastery of film craft with this stunning chapter of World War II history.  Some viewers feel Dunkirk is not a complete success because it's a war movie that's not "about" anything. I admit I left the theater thinking "yes it's masterful moviemaking but what for?" The theme of the movie is "war is stupid and pointless and inhuman" full stop. Nolan felt this history needed to be shown on the big screen, and in 2017 he has the clout and tools to do it. Perhaps he feels that justifies its existence alone, and perhaps "war is hell" is enough of a theme. My Stub Hubby Grade: A (Somerville Theater, screen 1, in dazzling 70mm, with Adam)

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