Christopher Nolan is, without a doubt, one of today’s biggest voices in Hollywood. after successfully grounding Batman in the real world with his Dark Knight Trilogy, he essentially gave himself free rein to do whatever he wants. Thus far, he’s given us pretty solid and thrilling films like The Prestige, Inception, and Interstellar, but for his next big project, he is keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground.
With Dunkirk, we have an action thriller set in World War II. It’s a promising sandbox for Christopher Nolan to play in, and given his storytelling skills, we have little doubt, he’ll make it work, but when the trailer dropped a few months ago, I couldn’t help but feel a bit let down. It was disjointed, nonsensical, and only seemed interested in setting a tone. The result was that I still had little idea what the story was about. Yes, we know that it chronicles the Battle of Dunkirk, but it didn’t give us any real details about the actual characters.
I had hoped that when this second trailer dropped, we’d get a remedy to that issue. Sadly, while this trailer does bring brisk pacing, and a decent number of thrilling-looking scenes, it still doesn’t give us a whole lot to cling onto in terms of characters. It’s understandable that the plot in this one would be expansive — Nolan had stated in the past that the flick would follow a few different characters and plotlines — but as is, the trailer still doesn’t convey anyone for us to root for.
Do I think this is a problem? Yes and no. I have no doubt the movie will be a good one. While Nolan doesn’t always hit a home run with his movies, they are, by and large, solid, entertaining, and thrilling pieces of cinema. I expect just as much here. However, I do worry that his name won’t be enough to push this forward with the mainstream audiences. With his other films, there was either a high concept or great character for an audience to connect with. With this being a standard-looking war film, there may not be a big desire to make the trip to the theater for something that doesn’t have that bold high concept we are used to from Nolan.
What did you think? Was this Dunkirk trailer everything you wanted it to be? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Dunkirk hits theaters on July 21, 2017.
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SOURCE: Warner Bros