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Dunkirk Has Screened, Here's What Critics Are Saying


The last time Christopher Nolan delivered a big-screen endeavor, he had his sights set on the future, where a father connected with his daughter over the space-aged miles for the tender and awe-inspiring Interstellar. This summer, Nolan turns his attentions to our past, recreating the fateful World War II battle of Dunkirk, and the heroic efforts conducted to rescue thousands of stranded French, British, Belgian and Dutch troops in May 1940. Dunkirk opens in theaters on July 20, but the first reactions from those lucky enough to see it have filtered in, starting with CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg:

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Tweeting his reaction to Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, Eric Eisenberg solidifies what many tend to assume about Nolan's work: It's visually impressive, and demands the 70mm IMAX format, when possible. Nolan loves to shoot on film, and he presents his imagery in glorious IMAX -- so even when his characterization is thin (as Eric points out), the picture still look amazing. This sentiment is echoed by Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis, who states:

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While Alicia Malone of Film Struck and Turner Classic Movies exclaims:

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Malone admits that Dunkirk "may be divisive," which is the norm on Christopher Nolan's films. Those who love the director tend to adore whatever he delivers. There's even robust debate if you limit your scope to simply Nolan's three Batman films, with no real consensus on which of the three can truly be called his "best" film. Dunkirk, in general, is receiving raves, with Bustle's Anna Klassen saying:

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And Business Insider's Jason Guerrasio Tweeting:

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Oh, Harry Styles is in this? I couldn't tell. (Kidding. There are MILLIONS of tweets asking about Styles in Dunkirk from his legion of supportive fans. There's "famous," and then there's "Harry Styles Famous," it seems.)

Dunkirk tells the story of the World War II battle of the title, intersecting three storylines on a rapidly accelerating time line. It stars Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and, yes, Harry Styles. It opens in theaters on July 21. Do these initial reactions help get you excited?

Sean O'Connell

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