Christopher Nolan is one of the greatest directors of our generation, creating beautiful films that are almost always fantastic. Christopher Nolan is brilliant at impressing in every genre, whether it's making arguably the best superhero trilogy ever (The Dark Knight), a mind-bending blockbuster (Inception), or even an iconic intense thriller (Memento).
His latest film, Dunkirk, is set to be another excellent addition to his genre-bending resume, adding 'war epic' to the list. Let's look at five reasons why Dunkirk will be his best film yet!
1. It's Christopher Nolan's First Film Based on Actual Events
Christopher Nolan has had some seriously wacky moments in his films — from the off-the-wall ending to Interstellar to literally all of Inception — so seeing him tackle a story that actually happened should be quite interesting. It almost seems like Dunkirk would be a project a director would start with early in his career, and then tackle something like Inception later on — but Nolan has never been one for sticking to the director's playbook.
Dunkirk's story centers around Operation Dynamo, which was an infamous evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and other troops from the French seaport of Dunkirk. This tale is one that has all the elements to be one of the greatest war stories ever told on the big screen!
2. Nolan is Opting For Authenticity Over CGI
Film fans often praise the use of practical, authentic effects over CGI in blockbuster movies. Recent films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens perfectly balanced practical effects with fantastic CGI, and it looks like Christopher Nolan is aiming for that same sense of harmony in Dunkirk. Nolan opted to use real naval destroyers instead of CGI for sea battle sequences in this film. As you can imagine, it would've been a lot easier to use CGI, but it wouldn't have looked nearly as good.
Not only that, but according to Indie Revolver, Nolan didn't spare any expense in making this epic war drama. He apparently purchased a World War 2 plane, valued at $5 million, only to crash the antique in the name of cinema! It's good to see Nolan is going the extra mile with this movie — the final product is always much more enthralling when the authenticity is there.
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3. The Cast Has Oscar Written All Over It!
Christopher Nolan is known for having wonderful actors in each of his movies, and Dunkirk is no exception — he's pulling all the stops with this all-star cast. The cast includes two Oscar nominees: Tom Hardy for The Revenant and Kenneth Branagh for Henry V. There's also an Oscar winner too in Mark Rylance, who won in 2015 for Bridge of Spies! The rest of the cast include the likes of Cillian Murphy and One Direction's Harry Styles, whose acting debut is causing quite a stir.
The fantastic crew also expands past the actors, seeing Nolan reunite with his usual editor Lee Smith, his director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema and his production designer Nathan Crowley. The music is provided, of course, by the legendary Hans Zimmer.
4. It Looks Like His Most Beautiful Film To Date!
One of the hallmarks of a great Christopher Nolan movie is breathtaking visuals — each frame always looks stunning (like the one above). I found myself constantly getting goosebumps watching the trailer for this movie: all of the shots look so stark and gorgeous. Pick out any frame from this trailer, and I guarantee it will look meticulously good.
It's also important to remember this is the first full trailer for the movie- who knows how much bigger the scale is for this movie! I know I'm stoked to see another look at this movie, but I'd love to know what you guys think, let me know in the comments!