Dunkirk – Stunning, absolutely stunning – IMAX Review

There is a moment in cinema history when a film comes along that catches the attention of almost everyone, Dunkirk is one of those movies and it is also a movie that has to be seen in IMAX!

Dunkirk features a prestigious cast, including Tom Hardy (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception), Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Wolf Hall), Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Hamlet, Henry V) and Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy), as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Harry Styles (One Direction) making his feature film debut.

Right from the very start of the film you have a feeling of the vastness of the film, with a small group of troops making their way through the streets of Dunkirk with snipers taking shots at them from every direction, the sound effects themselves produced i the IMAX screening is phenomenal, giving you the feeling that you are in the middle of the action, very much like the beach landing in Saving Private Ryan.

Dunkirk (Trailer Still)

Dunkirk (Trailer Still)

Once we get to the beaches of Dunkirk we see the troops waiting for the ships to come and evacuate them, out in the open and under threat from enemy aircraft, with no hope of air support from the RAF, these men are waiting for the moment that they either live or die on the large open beach.

Dunkirk is a powerful movie, Christopher Nolan has brought us a heart and gut wrenching movie that puts the viewer smack bang in the middle of a sheer nightmare for the English and French troops waiting to leave and the hope that the boats they are boarding aren’t bombed or torpedoed.

The editing in Dunkirk is also amazing, suffice to the say the timeline isn’t linear, at first I was a little confused, but then my thoughts went to Nolan’s Memento, a film that I’m a big fan and it all fell into place, so wonderfully done and something that makes the film stand out even more than most films of this genre.

But this film isn’t just about the troops and their fight for survival on the beaches, this is a film that shows the honour that a collection of captains of fishing boats had to bring the boys back home, facing the open sea and the chances of being blown out of the water, these boats risked everything to bring the soldiers home.

Dunkirk (Warner Bros.)

Dunkirk (Warner Bros.)

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Dunkirk is not your run of the mill war film, it is a film that shows more than the death and destruction, it shows compassion, it shows that the British Empire would do almost anything to save the troops.

This is also an emotional film, I found myself welling up on several occasions throughout the 106 minute running time, to see the pain and suffering that people were going through and the loss is so powerfully done throughout the film.

The cast in the film work very well during the film, Kenneth Branagh is superb as Commander Bolton, Mark Rylance was brilliant as the main boat captain that the story follows as he takes his sons across to Dunkirk to pack as many troops as possible on his boat.

Why See Dunkirk in IMAX?

The thing about IMAX is the screen is huge and Dunkirk is perfectly suited for the large screen, Christopher Nolan has a film here that has large sweeping beaches full of troops, the vastness of the open sea and the expanse of the blue skies as three Spitfires supply the only air support for the boats.

To go with the large screen comes the sound, this is phenomenal with the sound of the Spitfires, which you would swear are flying directly over your head, the explosions shook the seats at the Cineworld IMAX in Broughton, as the German bombers attempted to stop the troops from leaving the beaches.

The sheer effect of the movie is superb on the IMAX screen, pulling you into the movie and giving you the feeling of the dread that the troops were feeling, the colouring also looks amazing.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham