Dunkirk Review

Dunkirk

Very few other filmmakers working today are as intrigued by time and its workings as Christopher Nolan, and none are as good at integrating this fascination with the sort of bombastic excitement that he so consistently delivers. With his war epic, Dunkirk, Nolan strikes the perfect balance between his typically clever treatment of time’s relationship with stories and a heart on sleeve disaster film, paying tribute to the heroes and survivors of the Miracle of Dunkirk. It’s his shortest film since his 1998 debut, Following, and his first non-sci-fi film in over a decade but no less ambitious for it, entering the canon as possibly Nolan’s best film and one of the greatest examples of the World War 2 genre.  Continue reading

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Interstellar Review

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By this point in Christopher Nolan’s career (16 years and 7 films on from his debut piece, Following), he has reached a point where his name alone is enough for him to walk into Warner Bros studios with an idea and then walk out again with $200 million. Whether or not he deserves that status is a matter hotly debated, but it does come with the danger of him buying into his own hype and making something overly self-indulgent. Interstellar, his first foray into space, sometimes comes close to falling into this trap, with its tackling of high-concept theoretical physics, 5th Dimensional space and more sometimes bordering on the pretentious. However, its sheer spectacle and scope, anchored by some thrilling set-pieces and one of the best lead performances ever in a sci-fi by Matthew McConaughey, save it from these dangers and make it into one of 2014’s most essential cinema trips. Continue reading