Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Trailer Review: DUNKIRK (Trailer #1)

This morning in the continued string of “get all our trailers out before Rogue One,” we got the first full trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next film Dunkirk. Check out the trailer below:

This new trailer for Dunkirk reveals much more of what is going on than the very brief moments we saw in the original, very striking teaser. It very clearly shows off that this is a World War II movie and shows you that we will be getting some great human drama under this powerful war exterior. It seems like we’ll be following Cillian Murphy’s character through these events based on how this trailer is laid out which is a good first thing to learn at this point.

Although this is my second most anticipated film of 2017 (and I really do think it will be great), I didn’t adore this trailer. I didn’t feel as much Nolan in this trailer as I would have liked as a Nolanite and I didn’t get a really good understanding of what part, or how, they’re going to show the Battle of Dunkirk and the evacuation. There were brief moments of war scenes that peaked my interest, but they held back a lot on those. They also held back on Tom Hardy who I’m very interested in seeing in this film. A lot of my muted reaction from this trailer comes as a result of them seemingly holding back a lot from this film. That does create some excitement because I know it will be there in the end film, but I can’t be super excited about a trailer that doesn’t show enough of how this story is going to unfold.

At the end of the day I am extremely excited to see this film. I’m very interested to seeing a great British filmmaker telling a British World War II story (as opposed to the American ones we’re used to seeing in major Hollywood films). I also think that this is a film where Nolan is targeting his Oscar (despite the summer release date). Dunkirk promises to be good and there are some nice moments in this trailer but it isn’t overwhelming as a trailer.

Dunkirk stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, James D’Arcy, and Harry Styles. It arrives in limited release (on 35mm and 70mm film projection) on July 19, 2017 and in full wide release on July 21, 2017.

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