Oscars 2018: Why Dunkirk is different than run-of-the-mill war films


Nolan is known for mixing high-concepts with blockbuster cinema like no other, but Dunkirk is hardly a commercial flick and it may be his most raw “Nolan” work since Memento. And still, it works. There is hardly any CGI, and special effects are mostly practical. Nolan has a control over his films like few directors do with absolutely no interference by studio executives, and this is why he is called an auteur. The film is based on the Dunkirk Evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers who had been stranded on the island of the same name and surrounded by the Germans. Dunkirk does war filmmaking differently. If one ever wanted to experience war without danger to their constitution, this is the closest one would get. Related News
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Published: February 27, 2018 11:17 am

Characters in Dunkirk are nameless pieces on a chessboard. Why? We hardly know the characters. Saving Private Ryan was groundbreaking for its time, but now the genre is crowded by formulaic films with similar motifs and technique of filmmaking. He instead prefers to call it a suspense film. This is in striking contrast to other other Warner Bros films especially superhero fare like Justice League that was marred by, among other things, CGI profusion. This is bold, feisty filmmaking. And despite that, the viewer is not detached from the conflict. Dunkirk is proof that CGI should always be used as less as possible and must never dominate the frame. He deliberately stays away from motifs that are dominant in the works of the genre, including the best, Steven Spielberg’s path-breaking Saving Private Ryan. While lack of character depth makes it hard to sympathise with the protagonists, whatever they are, but it also drops the viewer directly into the conflict and this is war filmmaking at its most realistic thanks to the cinematic techniques Nolan and the brilliant Hoyte van Hoytema (cinematographer) use. He is not wrong in saying that since Dunkirk is vastly different from a typical war film. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Details would only waste precious time. There is no character development and little dialogue. It eschews the gore, the grieving mothers and wives. That is the brilliance of Dunkirk. In fact, there is more immersiveness than would have been otherwise. Details are not needed beyond describing the conflict itself. Because it gives the war a humongous scale that other movies focusing on individual characters, their background, and so forth cannot.