Dunkirk: Trailer Review

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The first official trailer of Christopher Nolan's upcoming film 'Dunkirk' has just been released. And it looks stunning to say the least. Hoyte van Hoytema's cinematography and Hans Zimmer's background score seem to create a synergy that's become a signature of Nolan films. Dunkirk's cast is a mix of Nolan regulars like Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy and  thespians like Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.

The story is set in WW - II and centres around the Dunkirk evacuation. The operation which lasted over a week paved the way for rescue of over 300,000 soldiers, mostly from Belgium, Britain, and France, who were left stranded at Dunkirk with the German army closing in on them. Winston Churchill had described it as 'a colossal military disaster.' 

It had proven to be a crushing defeat for Britain and its allies. Now, evacuation has always been looked down upon but it certainly sounds more strategic than surrender and that's what made Churchill praised the rescue as 'miracle of deliverance'. It was a retreat none the less but it was the best thing that was possible at that point in time. It ensured that the defeated Allied forces lived to fight another day.

For someone like Christopher Nolan to make a film about Dunkirk evacuation is indeed commendable. After all, he is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers in recent times. He has delivered blockbusters like The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, and Interstellar and so the idea of him making a WW - II film, as exciting as it may sound, feels a bit counter-intuitive at first. It's been a long time since Nolan attempted something so different as this one. One may have to go back to Memento or The Prestige. Mind it, it is easier to make a film about heroes than to make a film on losers. And, Dunkirk is certainly not a film about heroes. Heroic deeds are expected of superheroes like Batman and Superman but when 300,000 defeated soldiers become a part of one of the largest retreats in modern military history, it certainly cannot be termed as anything less than heroic. It is this rare kind of heroism that would have appealed to Nolan.

Dunkirk is slated to release on July 21, 2017.

For now, you can watch the trailer here:

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