After a really really long wait, the first official trailer for Dunkirk is here. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the World War II film follows the evacuation of the Allied forces (over 300,000 in number) from the beaches of Dunkirk, an event considered as a miracle.
Nolan movies have always had strong trailers before, and this one is no stranger to it. Comprising of beautiful shots (a Nolan trademark), the trailer primarily focuses on the dread and horrors of war. You can sense the fear, dread and helplessness on the faces of the soldiers throughout as the merciless airstrikes by the German forces continue. This mirrors the second half of it which is more hopeful as the little ships come in for help with Zimmer’s score swelling in the background.
Nolan’s films have been primarily been about the hero’s journey be it the very personal one of Leonard from Memento or Cooper from Interstellar. What this trailer has done is that it has shifted the focus from the usual one man’s journey to the ensemble cast as a whole. Could this be the first Chris Nolan film to truly not have a clear lead? The cast is an immensely talented one with some serious experience behind them. It’s just one of the many more reasons why Dunkirk is one of my most anticipated films of next year.
Watch the trailer here:
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Reteaming with Nolan is cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema who worked with the director on his sci-fi original Interstellar. The film is entirely shot with a combination of 65mm film and the 70mm IMAX cameras. Also returning is composer Hans Zimmer who will be collaborating with Nolan for the sixth time since Batman Begins in 2005.
The cast of the film is packed with talent and boasts of Oscar nominees like Tom Hardy and Kenneth Branagh, recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance and the very talented Cillian Murphy. The film also stars Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden, Barry Keoghan, Tom Glynn-Carney, and One Direction band member Harry Styles.
Dunkirk will open in theatres on July 21, 2017.
Here’s the synopsis for the film: