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    This is why I hate this thread. I was stoked to go see Dunkirk. Now that all of you are praising it, the contrarian in me is going to look for everything wrong with it, and I'll end up giving it a "meh" rating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    This is why I hate this thread. I was stoked to go see Dunkirk. Now that all of you are praising it, the contrarian in me is going to look for everything wrong with it, and I'll end up giving it a "meh" rating.
    Don't blame this thread! Critics everywhere are gushing about it. I'm going to check it out tonight on IMAX.

    I'll be shocked if you don't give it a "meh" rating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Don't blame this thread! Critics everywhere are gushing about it. I'm going to check it out tonight on IMAX...
    Ditto! Hope to see you at the Sony Metreon in SF where filsdepac is taking me on a boys night out. I don't usually care for IMAX but reviewers have said this is the way to go. Despite the hype, I'm going in with fairly low expectations as Nolan strikes me sometimes as too clever for his own good. Still, I'm looking forward to it.

    P.S. If Trump sees it I suspect he won't like it because he prefers heroes who don't retreat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Despite the hype, I'm going in with fairly low expectations as Nolan strikes me sometimes as too clever for his own good.
    I call it higher than a meh but not great.

    I have two criticisms. And both together was what left me just a tad bit disappointed, based on the high reviews.

    1. the typical Nolan complaint: unnecessary plot complications and unclear-muffled dialogue (maybe it's just my ears?) further amplifying the confusion.
    2. this isn't really a spoiler since it's an historical event but i'll the spoiler tags
    Spoiler for plot spoiler:
    my understanding of the historical event is that there were 300,000+ troops evacuated. In the film, you never saw more than a few thousand on the beach. In the final evacuation scene, there couldn't have been more than a few hundred that left in the small number of boats they showed. In the film, we see a few planes, a few big Navy ships, 20-50 (?) of the small civilian boats--they only showed the sweeping scene that showed all the boats a couple times and it seemed like about that number. I'm waiting for some explanation for this or some back story to explain this was a small piece of the total evacuation or whatever, but due to #1 above, ie the unnecessarily complicated telling of the story, there's no way to know.


    So, both of these combined left me feeling just a touch confused. But on the plus side: absolutely stunning cinematography, engaging story, and overall a beautiful film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Don't blame this thread! Critics everywhere are gushing about it. I'm going to check it out tonight on IMAX.

    I'll be shocked if you don't give it a "meh" rating.
    Reverse psychology. I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    I call it higher than a meh but not great.

    I have two criticisms. And both together was what left me just a tad bit disappointed, based on the high reviews.

    1. the typical Nolan complaint: unnecessary plot complications and unclear-muffled dialogue (maybe it's just my ears?) further amplifying the confusion.
    2. this isn't really a spoiler since it's an historical event but i'll the spoiler tags
    Spoiler for plot spoiler:
    my understanding of the historical event is that there were 300,000+ troops evacuated. In the film, you never saw more than a few thousand on the beach. In the final evacuation scene, there couldn't have been more than a few hundred that left in the small number of boats they showed. In the film, we see a few planes, a few big Navy ships, 20-50 (?) of the small civilian boats--they only showed the sweeping scene that showed all the boats a couple times and it seemed like about that number. I'm waiting for some explanation for this or some back story to explain this was a small piece of the total evacuation or whatever, but due to #1 above, ie the unnecessarily complicated telling of the story, there's no way to know.


    So, both of these combined left me feeling just a touch confused. But on the plus side: absolutely stunning cinematography, engaging story, and overall a beautiful film.
    Spoiler for Plot spoiler to Jays plot spoiler:
    Of course Commander Bolton (played by Kenneth Branagh) mentioned that about 300,000 were evacuated at near the end and then opts to stick around to help get the French troops out. Maybe you do need to get your ears checked.


    I have to wonder if this movie with be up for an Oscar or two... It won't be up for best actress, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Spoiler for Plot spoiler to Jays plot spoiler:
    Of course Commander Bolton (played by Kenneth Branagh) mentioned that about 300,000 were evacuated at near the end and then opts to stick around to help get the French troops out. Maybe you do need to get your ears checked.


    I have to wonder if this movie with be up for an Oscar or two... It won't be up for best actress, however.
    Mark Rylance was great.

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    I'm not sure I'll see Dunkirk (Brian's command notwithstanding), but even watching the trailer brings up a small pet peeve, which is this: Why can't Nolan realize there are more than 10 total actors out there?

    Looks like this movie has Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Both were in Nolan's Batman films. Both were in Inception. Marion Cotilliard was also in Inception and the Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway was in the Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. Michael Caine, as far as I can tell, is in all of these movies (IMDB says he has an uncredited role as a radio operator in Dunkirk).
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I'm not sure I'll see Dunkirk (Brian's command notwithstanding), but even watching the trailer brings up a small pet peeve, which is this: Why can't Nolan realize there are more than 10 total actors out there?

    Looks like this movie has Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Both were in Nolan's Batman films. Both were in Inception. Marion Cotilliard was also in Inception and the Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway was in the Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. Michael Caine, as far as I can tell, is in all of these movies (IMDB says he has an uncredited role as a radio operator in Dunkirk).
    Yes, this was another annoyance. I didn't want to seem too negative on the film, because I did overall enjoy it. But it is a little annoying when all of the Allied soliders are also Batman characters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I'm not sure I'll see Dunkirk (Brian's command notwithstanding), but even watching the trailer brings up a small pet peeve, which is this: Why can't Nolan realize there are more than 10 total actors out there?

    Looks like this movie has Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Both were in Nolan's Batman films. Both were in Inception. Marion Cotilliard was also in Inception and the Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway was in the Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. Michael Caine, as far as I can tell, is in all of these movies (IMDB says he has an uncredited role as a radio operator in Dunkirk).
    This is a dumb critique. Many directors favor working with actors over and over. Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson spring to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    This is a dumb critique. Many directors favor working with actors over and over. Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson spring to mind.
    And its annoying every time.

    Besides, I said it was a "small pet peeve", not a critique. I haven't even seen the film!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    This is a dumb critique. Many directors favor working with actors over and over. Tim Burton, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson spring to mind.
    Yep.

    Ditto for the Coen Brothers working with George Clooney, John Turturro, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Yep.

    Ditto for the Coen Brothers working with George Clooney, John Turturro, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, etc.
    Yeah, but those ones I like. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Yep.

    Ditto for the Coen Brothers working with George Clooney, John Turturro, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, etc.
    One of the coen brothers is married to McDomrand, as I recall, so that might be an excuseable exception. Woody ALlen also tends to use the same actors repreatedly, but that works for him becasue he is like the ColdPlay of cinema, making pretty much the same film over and over, but each time it is enjoyable.

    I haven't sen Dunkirk yet, but will see it soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    I'm not sure I'll see Dunkirk (Brian's command notwithstanding), but even watching the trailer brings up a small pet peeve, which is this: Why can't Nolan realize there are more than 10 total actors out there?

    Looks like this movie has Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. Both were in Nolan's Batman films. Both were in Inception. Marion Cotilliard was also in Inception and the Dark Knight Rises. Anne Hathaway was in the Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. Michael Caine, as far as I can tell, is in all of these movies (IMDB says he has an uncredited role as a radio operator in Dunkirk).
    I am seeing Dunkirk tonight, despite initial reservations.

    Saw, The Big Sick, which is a romantic comedy based on real life events. I saw the movie without any foreknowledge of the movie and without any expectations. It was surprisingly entertaining, timely with the formulaic ending. But it worked as far as romantic comedies can work. The Pakistani lead actor was smart without any over-acting against the somewhat cartoonish acting of his parents. Holly Hunter and Ray Romano also make the movie fun, especially Hunter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Don't blame this thread! Critics everywhere are gushing about it. I'm going to check it out tonight on IMAX.

    I'll be shocked if you don't give it a "meh" rating.
    Saw it on IMAX today. Highly recommended-both the film and the format.
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    Loved Dunkirk. Solid A-

    Would have been an A, but they hired a boy band front man as one of the actors, despite the fact that he was actually pretty good.


    Minimal dialogue, minimal character development, disjointed plot/timeline. That sounds like all negatives, but Nolan really made all that work.

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    Saw Dunkirk. Very good film. Nolan did well with an event that is tough to make inspiring. I agree with jay that Nolan sucks at sound/dialogue. I think I understood 60% of the dialogue. Maybe that was intentional The film is well worth the price of admission, especially in IMAX.

    My biggest annoyance was the four superhero movie trailers that preceded the film. Seriously, someone needs to smack Marvel and D.C. Upside the head. There was even a fifth comic book trailer that was for a tv show called Inhumans. Do people still watch Thor/Avenger/Affleck as Batman movies?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moliere View Post
    Saw Dunkirk. Very good film. Nolan did well with an event that is tough to make inspiring. I agree with jay that Nolan sucks at sound/dialogue. I think I understood 60% of the dialogue. Maybe that was intentional The film is well worth the price of admission, especially in IMAX.

    My biggest annoyance was the four superhero movie trailers that preceded the film. Seriously, someone needs to smack Marvel and D.C. Upside the head. There was even a fifth comic book trailer that was for a tv show called Inhumans. Do people still watch Thor/Avenger/Affleck as Batman movies?


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    Loved it (Dunkirk). Cinematography and score were top notch.


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