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Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” drops an epic Trailer


Last week, perhaps lost a bit in the precursor season shuffle, was the First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next film. This is his shot at a war movie, specifically a World War II outing. It’s called Dunkirk and is beginning to roll out promotional material and publicity. Scheduled for release in the summer of next year (interestingly as opposed to the fall or winter awards season, though that could mean nothing), this is Nolan’s potentially largest scale flick yet. It’s a new genre for him and his first project to be based on a real event. An A-list filmmaker exercising new cinematic muscles is always exciting, so this is really something to anticipate.

The movie is a dramatic retelling of the famous Dunkirk rescue mission. In short, we’ll see Allied soldiers from the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium as they get surrounded by German forces and eventually evacuated during one of the fiercest fights of the second World War. These were young men who were cut off from reinforcements on the beaches of Dunkirk, France, between May 27th and June 4th, 1940, during the Battle of France. A glimpse of it was seen in Atonement, but this will be on an epic scale. Nolan writes and directs, while his ensemble cast will include Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, and Barry Keoghan, among others. Hoyte Van Hoytema re-teams with Nolan after Interstellar to handle the cinematography, while other Team Nolan members coming together again include composer Hans Zimmer, editor Lee Smith, production designer Nathan Crowley, and more. As you’ll see in the Trailer, it appears positively epic and rousing.

From the looks of this Trailer, Nolan and company are really going all out to make this both a cinematic and also realistically intense experience. No matter the film, Nolan has also approached things in a very specific way, and that appears to be the case again here. There’s a saying that every true A-list auteur makes a war picture at some point in their careers, and it’ll be fascinating to see how a Nolan WWII epic turns out. It could be just a large scale blockbuster with impeccable craftsmanship, but there’s a chance for something more. If that’s the case, then watch out, as the Academy Awards might finally come calling for the filmmaker.

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Awards wise, Dunkirk could well be Nolan’s big push for Oscar glory. Obviously, Warner Brothers will be shooting for Best Picture, Best Director (for Nolan), and Best Original Screenplay (also for Nolan), though we could see a Best Supporting Actor contender (likely either Branagh, D’Arcy, Hardy, Murphy, or Rylance) emerge as well. Below the line, it should be a juggernaut too, contending in Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects. The technical categories seem very safe to predict over a year out, while anything else will just depend on the final product and how this project is embraced. Right now, it’s foolish to name any frontrunners, but you could be forgiven for thinking this is potentially the one.

Overall, there’s much to be excited about here with Dunkirk. Whether it’s an awards vehicle or just another smash hit for Nolan, it has deep potential and could be another in a long line of great war films. Either way, the summer can’t come soon enough, provided it’s not eventually pushed to later on in the year to try and capitalize on some extra prestige. We shall see what happens there, but one thing is for sure…don’t sleep on this movie. The Trailer, as promised, can be found below, and sit tight for plenty more on this flick. I suspect it’ll be one we discuss a lot before, during, and after its theatrical release next year. Here you go…

Here’s the Trailer for Dunkirk:

Stay tuned for more on Dunkirk between now and its summer 2017 release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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