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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 19 July 2017 at 5:03pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply


Who's checking this one out?  I was on the fence for awhile (I can't say I'm the world's biggest Christopher Nolan fan), but the early rave reviews and brisk running time (only an hour & 40 minutes?  How is this possible??) have now got me thinking that this will be a must-see.

Not sure I can make it to an IMAX showing, but may take my father out to see this, sometime in August for his birthday.



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Not sure I want to see this. Nolan is a red flag, plus I had family in the real thing. Too close to home.
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I'm no Nolan slappy.  But the trailers have me intrigued.  And the IMAX visuals look amazing.



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Without having seen the trailers, I'm going to watch this one. Nolan's films can be disappointing sometimes, but he's never made one that I felt was bad. 

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Dunkirk is definitely as my really want to see list and so is Valerian the City of a Thousand Planets. Both are coming out and it's going to be hard to choose between the two which to see first. I think they are both movies that will greatly benefit from seeing them on at the theater.
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Anyone go see this yet? I"m trying to decide between this and Valerian tonight. 
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Just watched a news report about a 97 year old veteran from Calgary who went to see this movie and was deeply moved.

Damnedest thing, he was one of my painting instructors at ACA!

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I'll probably check this out, but I think I'd rather see a documentary, to be honest.
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I went to see Valerian, which while visually stunning, I think Dunkirk may have been the better choice. 
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Petter Myhr Ness
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I'm interested. Which is something I haven't said about a Nolan film in a long, long time! 
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"Damnedest thing, he was one of my painting instructors
at ACA!"

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This big ol' world is so, SO small!
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A virtual avalanche of plaudits for this movie -- it sort of gives me pause. The one critic, Rex Reed, that I've found with a negative view of this film calls the raves "slobbering." Hmph.
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I went to see Valerian, which while visually stunning, I think Dunkirk may have been the better choice. 

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Ditto.

I plan on correcting that error and seeing DUNKIRK this weekend. 
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Not interested... One of the main reason is that this
is not an accurate tale...

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170719/dont-forget-the-
bravery-of-the-french-at-the-battle-of-dunkirk

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/0/french-soldiers-
paris-film-critics-condemn-dunkirk-historical/

After all what my grandparents told me of their hard
time and heroic behaviors during WW2, I am mad that
other countries still consider the role of the French
people as just coward and/or helpless bastards...

One of the reason I don't like the series Band of
brothers as well...
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Paul Kimball
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I'm sure it's well done but I've seen too much violence in movies for the
summer. Need to see something more peaceful to recharge then I'll come
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Didier, the French role in WWII is often considered a joke here in the States. They're often portrayed as a nation who almost immediately bowed down to the Nazis.  I understand nationalism and love for ones country, so I'm interested in reading a book that gives me an experience other than what I've grown up understanding.  If you could give a recommendation or three of books that show it wasn't just a few brave people who took a stand but how France felt as a nation, excluding its leaders at the time, I'd appreciate it.
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 Michael Penn wrote:
The one critic, Rex Reed, that I've found with a negative view of this film calls the raves "slobbering."

Depends the weight you give Rex Reed.  I haven't given him any weight for decades, so he sounds more purposefully argumentative just to get a click or a page view.  YMMV.  
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I've heard nothing but positive stuff from people who have seen it.
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I found it terrifying, harrowing and inspirational.
Nice interlocking thematic elements about the different ways people were just trying to survive, or the lengths they went to helping them survive.

I got about 4 "choke you up" moments, with two that involved actual tears.

Just a note on the production values:  Absolutely spotless, which definitely contributed to visceral horror. I don't know for sure, but I fully expect this was packed with CG, and it was all perfect.  I didn't even get that "perfect render but riding a spline" jolt I got from Band of Brothers. Magnificent work.

I am astonished how many adults I know who hadn't even heard of Dunkirk.  I would encourage them to see it on those grounds alone.
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Heading out to see it with Dad right at this moment.
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Didier Yvon Paul Fayolle
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Matt, I have asked one of my friends who is a History
teacher to recommend some books, as much as possible in
English. As soon as I have something, I will mention
those books.
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Thank you, sir.  I appreciate it.
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 Conrad Teves wrote:
I am astonished how many adults I know who hadn't even heard of Dunkirk.  I would encourage them to see it on those grounds alone.

Agreed.  There's an excellent documentary done by (who else?) the BBC about Dunkirk.  It can be found on the fantastically comprehensive WWII boxset that should be required viewing for everyone on the planet.

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USA Today's review warned about lack of women and people of colour in the film. Sigh
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USA Today's review warned about lack of women and people of colour in the film. Sigh

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Political correctness crashes into accuracy.


And as for the French and their apparent "rolling over to the Nazis", people really need to learn history.  Their military was unprepared and then they were stunned at how quickly Poland fell.  Germany, at that time, had superior numbers and overwhelmed France and Belgium quite easily.  France surrendered in an effort to save as many as possible.  If they had kept fighting, France as we know it quite possibly no longer exist.

Be that as it may, The French Resistance helped significantly in turning the tide of the war in key areas, especially with intelligence and sabotage.

The reality is that Europe (and the world) owes the French quite a lot because of their efforts behind the lines.

Back to Dunkirk.  :)
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