Warner Bros. released the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which centers around the the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940. While this film may not be genre centric, it’s still evident that Nolan is keeping the film’s details close to the chest. Regardless of it being Nolan’s first historical piece, never count out the chance for surprise when it comes to one of the modern masters of the reveal.
In terms of Nolan’s post-Dark Knight career, this first trailer is surpringly the least flashy and full of intrigue. That’s not to say, that the film doesn’t look epic in scope or haunting in its visual language, but at this moment in its marketing campaign it doesn’t look so entirely different from a number of other WWII films we’ve seen over the decades. Also surpring is how limited the trailer’s use of it’s big name actors are, with Tom Hardy only appearing briefly and Kenneth Branagh only prominenty featured in the beggining. A central part of the story seems to come from a relationship between Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy, but given the scope of the movie we wouldn’t be surprised if Nolan follows seperate storylines that ultimately converge at some point during the film.
While the trailer doesn’t immediately grab us in the way Nolan’s trailers usually do, and looks more fall prestige than its summer blockbuster release would suggest, this is still one of our most anticipated films of 2017. You can guarantee that Nolan is saving the best stuff for the big screen and will hopefully deliver something unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Dunkirk lands in theaters in the U.S. on July 21st, 2017
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