I saw Dunkirk on Imax. To be honest I thought it was brilliant. The soundtrack was sensational, it had me on edge throughout, it is by far Nolan’s best film. I’ve never been quite his biggest fan, I have always felt there was something missing or off in all his previous films, but if he continues to make films like this I will be.
Like Mad Max:Fury Road, I’m not sure these feelings will translate exactly to a TV set. It’s very visual, very immersive and relentless, when the constantly ticking score lets up for a version of Elgar’s Nimrod at the end I felt a sense of relief and ability to relax.
I feel with reviews sometimes you feel duty bound to add a ‘but’ and point out some issues but in this case I don’t have any.
Edit: Found this on the use of Nimrod:
Nolan on Nimrod:
“Elgar’s monumental theme, a theme as beloved to the English as Dunkirk itself, often played at ceremonial occasions and funerals. It’s a theme which (I never admitted to Hans) I am incapable of hearing without feeling the surprising weight of my father’s coffin on my shoulder.”
I was chatting with @Kiel earlier and mentioned a ‘proud yet mournful tune’. It’s the perfect coda as it is not a jingoistic or celebratory piece of music. Dunkirk is celebrated for the bravery and ingenuity of those involved but it is a defeat/retreat and many thousands died.