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Disjointed is Accurate
on September 18, 2018
You’ll find the word disjointed in many negative reviews for this film and it’s very accurate. I love war films and most of Nolan’s films in general but the multi perspective style he uses here makes it more work to follow than it should be. This is an unnecessary hindrance to what could’ve been a much better film. Instead of trying to keep up on who’s who and where they are, we should just be going along and taking the story in. Unfortunately, characters are also sacrificed here as no one gets the starring role and we’re shifted from one to the next, never really connecting with any of them. I know the idea was to highlight the event instead of the people but it just didn’t work that way. I think it’s better to capture an event from one perspective we can identify with, from a person we’re connected to. That way, we’re invested and care about what’s going on and how they’re affected by it. Without that, we’re just witnessing random things taking place from a distance when we should be in the shoes of the people involved.
Dunkirk is probably one of the more disappointing movies I’ve seen in recent years because all the ingredients were there and expectations were high but the choice of how to deliver the story was confusing and even a little frustrating. From a technical standpoint, this film succeeds. I enjoyed the score, the picture and sound effects from the Blu-ray quite a bit. It’s just the movie itself that’s the biggest hindrance and leaves what should be an unforgettable experience as very forgettable.