Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dunkirk (2017)

This is not a traditional review. It is merely post-viewing musings. In other words, it is a rant about another overrated war movie. 

I try to not talk shit about movies unless there is something offensive about the movie. For example, I despise Zero Dark Thirty.

Not only because it is a boring disappointment, but also because it is a piece of propaganda trash, and Kathryn Bigelow has not made a decent film since Point Break.

It is extremely easy to sit at this keyboard and talk shit about people's art and efforts. Instead, I try to appreciate every movie I watch. Otherwise, why watch movies in the first place? Additionally, it goes without saying that I just like movies, "all of them" is what people tell me.

Films do not necessarily have to be of superior quality for me to enjoy them. I like indie art films and old Italian films and modern blockbuster-popcorn trash and straight-to-video flicks. Now, all that said, I did not like Dunkirk whatsoever. Sure, there was some cool sound design and the cinematography was decent.

However, I simply did not give a shit throughout the entire movie. Kenneth Branagh sticks out like a sore thumb, like always, yet people praise him once again. Tom Hardy was good, but that always goes without saying. I'd probably enjoy a movie titled, Tom Hardy Sitting on a Rock.

I don't know, Dunkirk actually pissed me off to be honest. I think the problem is that I do not like war movies in general. There are definitely exceptions to the rule, but whenever I hear about or see a war movie, I walk away disappointed. Dunkirk makes me realize I am not the audience that most war movies are attempting to target.

Nothing about Nolan's story or approach pissed me off, and I have massive respect for Nolan, but this movie really felt emotionally flat. I heard and read so much praise for this movie, but I do not get it at all. Directly before watching Dunkirk, I saw a headline that stated that Dunkirk is just as amazing as a silent film. This is fucking nonsense.

I don't even know why I am ranting about it. I guess I'm still a little pissed off that I've been duped by another war movie and all the hype. Dunkirk is somewhat visually compelling, mildly entertaining, and fortunately only two hours long. That is it. It by no means deserves a Best Picture award, and a nomination merely seems gratuitous. I would have rather watched Justice League again.