Cillian Murphy

Dunkirk

I have always been a fan of war films, especially those that have a unique way of capturing the war. Christopher Nolan has given us one of the most beautifully shot war films of the past decade. He is a master filmmaker and he has such an incredible vision for his films. Dunkirk, shot in 70mm is breathtaking. I audibly said, “Wow” about 8 times while watching it. The cinematography was beautiful and it had such rich texture that enhanced the visuals on screen.

At first, I wasn’t a fan of the way he structured the film. It was a bit confusing towards the middle but then I understood why he did it. Nolan enjoys playing with these grand concepts such as, memories, dreams and time. Time was a major factor in Dunkirk and the structure had depth. The film felt like it was an endless time loop of destruction and hope. Nolan knows how to create suspense in such subtle ways that I held my breath for the majority of the film.

What made the film even greater was the exceptional score by the one and only Hans Zimmer. He incorporated the concept of time and the ticking of the clock in his compositions. Sometimes you could faintly hear the ticking and other times it was just the rhythm striking the same sound. I really loved this score and I thought it complimented the film extremely well.

Nolan picked a wonderful cast to collaborate with! I felt that Mark Rylance was the standout in this film and Cillian Murphy’s performance was heartbreaking. I rather enjoyed the minimal dialogue because there really isn’t much you can say when you’re trying to survive. For example, Tom Hardy had about 10 lines and all his emotions were expressed in his eyes. Fionn Whitehead and Aneurin Barnard had a lovely chemistry and really carried the heart of the film. Kenneth Branagh was lovely as usual and Barry Keoghan broke my heart.

The only problem I had with this cast was the casting of Harry Styles. Yes, he had a good performance and he fit right in with the rest of them but I didn’t see a character, I only saw Harry as himself trying to act. It was distracting for me to have him there because it literally could have been any other British actor and it wouldn’t have mattered.

All in all, I would say that Dunkirk is a lovely addition to Christopher Nolan’s incredible filmography and it is a masterpiece on its own.

Free Fire Film Review

Ben Wheatley has mastered utilizing his location to its full potential. Free Fire was an exhilarating ride from beginning to end. The entire cast had a wonderful chemistry and their comedic timing seemed effortless. The entire film takes place in a warehouse and I swear it did not feel like two hours at all. It is one of the funniest and probably one of the most savage shoot outs I’ve ever seen in my life. The screenplay was beautifully penned and the structure of the film suited it perfectly. The concept was so simple that it didn’t even cross my mind once that they had to move to a different location. You may go into Free Fire expecting it to be boring because of the one location but Wheatley brings forth this overused narrative in a unique way.

I also loved the fact that Brie Larson was the only woman present in this entire debauchery of gun running. The men all had different characteristics but they all had very large egos. The films relevance in today’s society shows the stupidity of guns and gun laws. I found it very funny that Brie Larson’s character Justine had enough of these men and their childish antics. The whole film had perfectly timed dialogue that had me in stitches. Armie Hammer  was a standout and so was Sharlto Copley, they were hilarious and made the humour much richer. This film is such a wild ride and the ending will make you smile.