Just when I thought that after giving us The Dark Knight and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan has added another masterful piece of work to his record. Stepping out of his usual intricate film forte, he delivers another opus in Dunkirk, which he also wrote and co-produced with wife and long-time collaborator Emma Thomas. Based on real events, Dunkirk is set in the midst of the World War II as the men involved set out for one thing that seems impossible– survival. The film follows three narratives – the mole, the sea, and the air – which encompass different time lengths, composed of British soldiers stuck on Dunkirk beach, fighter pilots who come to ensure their safety, and three brave men who want to help in the adverse escape.
“People love what other people are passionate about. You remind people of what they forgot.”
If I were to take away one phrase from La La Land that showed me how great a film it was, it would be that line by Mia (Emma Stone), even though it was said during a tough time in the film. There was a time where La La Land received a lot of criticism, and I have to admit that if you don’t love it, it’s a film that is very easy to hate. Despite that, I knew deep in my heart that this film was special – so special that I watched it in the cinemas twice (the last time I did that was for Avengers in 2012). I’ve seen it a couple of times since then, and I can’t help but think in my mind all the things that made this film as lovely as it is; and it’s time I wrote it all down.
Christopher Nolan has been a growing figure in the film industry since the turn of the century. With iconic films such as Memento (2000), Insomnia (2002), Inception (2010), and The Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan has established himself as an expert in noir films, often encapsulating themes of philosophy, mentality, temporality, and delving into modern thrillers. This following focuses on how Nolan transpired the neo-noir genre, while incorporating aspects recognizable among all his films.