Dunkirk: The Movie
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is holding up as one of the summer's big blockbusters. With Wonder Woman the only clear other huge hit, I am not sure if Dunkirk's success is a product of the film itself or the fact people just want to see something that lives up to the billing for a change. Dunkirk is a solid movie. Having said that, it isn't a classic. It won't be up there with a Saving Private Ryan for instance. But it does hold your attention and the craft aspect of the film is nicely done.
One odd thing about the film that becomes quickly apparent is the lack of real lead acting parts. This is no reflection on the cast but more a product of the script itself. A lot was made of Harry Styles appearance in this film but truth is, that was more for P.R. purposes than not as almost every role in this movie is simply a supporting cast role. Consequently, there are no real standouts in the acting category here - with the exception of one.
He wasn't meant to be a lead with this script but the guy who steals this movie is Mark Rylance in the part of a small boat owner. He already has one Oscar for his supporting role in Bridge of Spies and I would think he has to be considered with another nomination for his role in this movie.
Christopher Nolan's directing was spot on. The camera work here is top-notch. In spite of the subject matter, this is a a beautiful film to watch which is probably also part of its appeal. The camera fills the gap for the lack of lines in the script.
Like I said, this won't be a classic movie but it is solid and worth the ticket price. On my rating scale, I give it a 4 of 5. Just wish they had given Rylance a larger part or put more acting in the story.