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Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy are Men of few Words in Dunkirk

Someone pat the DP on the back while Charlie Chaplin gives a round of applause for the men who acted their asses off with more physical skills than the delivery of words in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.

Dunkirk takes place during World War Two where over 400,000 British soldiers are cornered and are certain there is no hope of survival. The film follows multiple characters who are either trying to get off Dunkirk or get to Dunkirk to save their fellow soldiers/countrymen. The leading roles are many but Mark Rylance (Mr. Dawson), Fionn Whitehead (Tommy), Harry Styles (Alex), and Kenneth Branagh (Commander Bolton), whom had the most speaking roles, remind you this is a movie and not a documentary. And I mean that in a good way!

Now, Damien Bonnard (French Soldier), Tom Hardy (Farrier), and Cillian Murphy (Shivering Solider) are men of few words in this film, because between the 3 of them it was very few to practically nonexistent! Hence, my Charlie Chaplin reference in the beginning because it was all physical and emotional expressions that conveyed the moment! And with the music and cinema photography leading the way I can only assume the script for the whole movie, when it comes to speaking, must have only been ten pages, if that.

From the beginning, you can tell it’s a Christopher Nolan film because it literally puts you in the fray! So visually… yeah… I was waiting for the Dark Knight to appear. The orchestral design of the music added to the suspense and action of Dunkirk. I don’t think I’ve seen a film in a while where the movie segued so elegantly through visuals and music, alone. The words siphoned from the actors were the finishing touches to this film. A classic, I don’t know, but being a musician, photographer, and writer I appreciate this film a lot. I would be surprised if Dunkirk didn’t take home an Oscar for best cinema photographer and composer.

You really have to pay attention to this film though, because you don’t know which moment is the present moment. Which is creatively cool in itself because it subliminally reminds you this part of history came, was lived, and is now gone. It’s not hard to see why Dunkirk has received such high marks, which is why I’m on the Dunkirk bandwagon.

 

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