Just as promised earlier this week, Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s tense WWII action thriller Dunkirk. The film tells the story of the evacuation of Dunkirk, France during WWII as Allied forces were surrounded by German troops. The operation finished with saving an estimated 330,000 lives.
It’s quite rare that I watch a Christopher Nolan trailer and wonder if the trailer did the film justice or not. Usually, we walk away from a Nolan trailer with our hands in the air blown away by not just what we saw, but the complete mystery around it. Unfortunately, for me at least, I don’t get that feel from Dunkirk. It’s described as an “intense war thriller,” and while it’s just a trailer, in no way do I get that feeling. It has nothing to do with the story or cast or anything, but I’m just not fully on board with Nolan’s new film. Pretty crazy, right?
While that is the case, there are still a number of positive things here. First off is the fact that it looks like a true ensemble piece. This latest trailer does give a lot of screen time to the character played by Fionn Whitehead, but the story doesn’t look like it focuses on one particular character, rather a handful. It’s a fantastic route to go and it gives Nolan the option the capture the struggles of this event through a number of different eyes. Secondly, Nolan has re-teamed with his Interstellar cinematographer Hoyt van Hoytema, and the two show the entire film with IMAX 65mm and 65mm large-format photography. Think about the kind of ariel battles they are able to portray on screen, that’s the kind of movie-going ever piece I want to be a part of.
Check out the new trailer and after doing so, let me know what you think below in the comments. Do you feel just as I do? How much are you looking forward to Nolan telling a WWII story? Nolan’s Dunkirk hits theaters on July 21st, 2017 and stars Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, and James D’Arcy.
Miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in Word War II.