Christopher Nolan Explains that Dunkirk is “Not a War Film”

The best response that any person or company got at PaleyFest was when Christopher Nolan treated the audience to footage of his upcoming film Dunkirk.  Everyone in the audience gave a standing ovation to the stunning footage.   People are predicting the movie is going to be humongous, not to mention rival cinema’s best war movies.  It’s been said that Saving Private Ryan has the most “real” war scenes but that Dunkirk might even rival Spielberg’s war masterpiece.   But there’s one issue that we need to address.  According to Nolan, Dunkirk isn’t even a war movie.  In an interview with the Associated Press the director more fully explained the movie’s PG-13 rating, and how it speaks to what he is trying to achieve with the new film.

“All of my big blockbuster films have been PG-13. It’s a rating I feel comfortable working with totally. ‘Dunkirk’ is not a war film. It’s a survival story and first and foremost a suspense film,” Nolan said. “So while there is a high level of intensity to it, it does not necessarily concern itself with the bloody aspects of combat, which have been so well done in so many films. We were really trying to take a different approach and achieve intensity in a different way. I would really like lots of different types of people to get something out of the experience.”

Just so you guys know Dunkirk is based on a true story and chronicles the hundreds of thousands of Allied troops who were stationed on a beach and surrounded by the enemy German army during the early days of WWII.

Call it a war movie.  Don’t call it a war movie.  I call it a Christopher Nolan directed film, and there’s no chance I miss it when it comes out on July 21st.

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