Here’s a question. How many times is too many times to watch the first trailer for Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s new movie? I ask because so far I’ve watched it four times and I’m on the verge of watching it again. When I’m not watching it, I’m thinking about it. When I’m not thinking about it, I’m Googling “Battle of Dunkirk” because to be honest, if you were to ask, ‘Hey Ry, do you know what the Battle of Dunkirk is?’ I’d give a less than confident ‘sure.’ I’ve heard of it, but that’s about it.
So yeah, I did some snooping on the Google and learned that it took place during World War II, before the Americans had entered the war (which is probably why I don’t know much about it.) Long story short, the Nazis were killing it and the Allies were looking to bail. The Nazis ended up trapping the fleeing Allies on a beach in the town of Dunkirk, which is where the Allies were eyeing up as a exit point. Over the course of a handful of days, British troops dipped out on Europe via both official British warships and neighborly local fisherman, all while being hammered from the sky by Nazi aircraft.
In short, a shitty situation if you were a British serviceman.
Nolan’s film looks amazing. There’s Tommy Shelby being rescued by the dude from the Tom Hanks movie about hostage negotiations from a few years ago and Bane flying around in a plane. Kenneth Branagh looks to be in charge and that fella from One Direction is looking despondent at best. There’s no denying the fact the Nolan is amazing director. Yet there’s also no denying that he’s sometimes too clever for his own good, throwing in confusing twists in his films that are often troubled by irksome holes in the plot.
Dunkirk looks fairly straight forward though and that’s exciting. I’m excited. I can’t wait.
I’m going to go watch the trailer again.