On the 26th of May in the year 1940, the World War II operation that would come to be known as the Miracle of Dunkirk commenced. Known at the time as Operation Dynamo, it was an attempt by the Allied Powers to evacuate their soldiers from Europe before the armies of the Third Reich, advancing westward from the Ardennes, consumed them. To do this, the Allied forces would have to make their stand at Dunkirk, the last port that could evacuate them to safety across the English Channel.
Fast-forward to the modern day, and Christopher Nolan, the mind behind the Dark Knight trilogy, is bringing these events to the silver screen for the first time. If you’ve seen any of those films (classics of superhero cinema), or Interstellar, or Inception, then you are already familiar with Nolan’s gift for making grand, thought provoking epics with action-packed set pieces. But perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of Nolan’s work is his dedication to making those epics with as little CGI as possible.
Christopher Nolan’s use of practical effects has been dominant throughout his larger-than-life projects, and Dunkirk, it seems, will be no different. The film will reportedly be shot in 65mm IMAX footage, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Interstellar. Nolan even went so far as to refurbish actual WWII era planes and battleships to use in filming, most of which will be in or around the real-life Dunkirk itself! If that isn’t going above and beyond for realism, I just don’t know what is.
Though not much is known about the story other that it’s setting, we know the cast will feature experienced actors such as Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance. It also has old Nolan film collaborators, including Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy (AKA Bane himself!). The strangest addition to the cast, however, is Harry Styles from One Direction. Yes, that confused look on your face is the exact one I was wearing when I found out. Let’s hope he can act.
Regardless, with Christopher Nolan being one of my favorite living filmmakers today, I personally cannot wait for this film, and encourage everyone I can to check out Dunkirk when it hits theaters on July 21, 2017.