Dunkirk – The Art Of Fear


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Dunkirk - The Art Of Fear



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  1. I think Hacksaw Ridge was intended to be more about a specific person, rather than the event as a whole. Pretty much the entire first half was insight into who Desmond is, and building up his motivations before the action. So, I don't actually think it failed in the aspect of not giving enough perspective of the event, if the purpose was the tell a story of a specific person.

  2. I remember when I watched the first time in 2017, I disliked it and it boring. But when I watched it again during quarantine last year, I was absolutely gobsmacked and how really good and smart it was! Personally for me, I do in some way agree with the reviewer that Dunkirk isn't a war film and that a really good war film does comment on the nature of war. It's more of a psychological thriller about surviving on that beach and trying everything you can, no matter how morally wrong it may be, to stay alive. I do think it paints an accurate depiction of what it was like for those soldiers and their experiences to be on Dunkirk, and I don't think that having more dialogue would help it and would ruin the film. It wants to immerse you in the experience and put you on that beach through the soundtrack, cinematography, sound editing and mixing as well as editing.

  3. Waffle waffle waffle. Hacksaw Ridge told the story of one actual man, therefore it was shown from that perspective and was incredibly powerful. It was not trying to show anything other than what it did and doing so it succeeded in doing what it set out to do.

  4. This film committed the worst sin of any film. it was utterly forgettable. 10 min after leaving the theatre most would struggle to remember the film. Most wouldn't care.

  5. i mean for me it did make commentary on the nature of war? that when you are an in active war zone its quick, unpredictable, and devastating, and the soldiers just try to survive. its more about war itself then the morals surrounding it

  6. Nolan painstakingly goes to great lengths to capture the sweeping visual scope of the Dunkirk. Some of the scenes are just too choreographed. Kinda like a music video to a song. Looks great..almost too great. In reality every British soldier didn’t have jet black hair. Some even had five o’clock shadows. The guys standing on the beach and ducking down from enemy fire was a beautifully shot but not sure if actual combat unfolds in that way. Is it a war movie yes but believe me when I say it ain’t that pretty.

  7. I found Dunkirk a studied movie on the likes of capitulation, defeatism, numbing fear and cowardice. Note the countless scenes of a few German aircraft repeatedly strafing & bombing thousands of soldiers on the beaches & piers…& not a sole individual raised a rifle to defend themselves…was every single soldier of the thousands out of ammunition?…I find that hard to believe.

  8. I just wish he'd done like the AC historian said, they could've at least cgi'd more people on the beaches. Do a side by side with actual footage vs the movie, where's all the people? Unless it was near the end of the retreat, but that's not how it's portrayed.

  9. wow.. very strongly disagree here. war is not always about fighting in the trenches. most of the times soldiers don't even know who they are killing, let alone seeing them. war is definitely about the struggle to survive, the mark it leaves on you, and the fight to end it rather than the fighting itself. this was more about war than the films you mentioned. but opinions, opinions.

  10. This film is so inaccurate. There we’re supposed to be 400,000 soldiers on the beaches of Dunkirk but in the film there were only 200. And don’t get me started with the “Oh but they can't get 400,000 people to be in the shot!!!” All they needed to do was get a few hundred people. Cram them all into 1 area and film that area, that way it would have looked like the beach was overcrowded with hundreds of thousands of people.

  11. Really late here. But I'd disagree with your comments on Dunkirk not having a message.

    It's message is that war is chaotic. That the men are left without communication, without supplies, without hope by those making decisions. That all of this drives men to act and survive in ways they would not have considered. So in this way, the enemy is not the Germans but death and that is why you do not see the Germans in clear view. That is why Nolan only refers to "the enemy" in my opinion (the implication at the end is that the RAF pilot is facing death not simply Germans). This is the reality of Dunkirk in history and in the film; it is the reality of war.

    In this way, I think Dunkirk is one of the better war films. Not the roaring action-packed war films you listed. Its commentary might be more subtle as it is overarching throughout the film but it is there and it is cleverly shown. The silence, the lack of dialogue, the exhaustion, the lucky and the unlucky, the fear – it is all reinforcing the message that war is chaotic and this short episode (9 days) in our history, which has been glorified over time and in our history lessons, can still be boiled down the hopeless fear of death among frightened men let down by the decision-makers. That's a pretty strong and bold message in my opinion.

  12. I don’t know that I would consider the “lack of scope” in the film hacksaw ridge to be a flaw. It and Dunkirk are trying to accomplish completely different things.