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    What an absolute piece of crap.  I’m more annoyed about the waste of my life watching it than the £15 wasted on a BluRay that’ll never be watched again.

    Am I missing something?  Why all the rave reviews?

    The whole thing was supposed to be about 400,000 soldiers stuck on a beach under attack, yet there never seemed to be more than 200 on the beach, there were hardly any attacks, and everyone was saved when a few fishing boats turned up.

    All the characters blended into one, and quite frankly I didn’t care much about any of them.  What was the point of the storyline about the lad on the boat getting killed?  What was with the annoying timeline overlap?  The whole thing seemed wandering and aimless, with no real sense of the truly horrific conditions that those there must have experienced.

    oldmanmtb
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    No it’s s**t

    I loved it. I enjoyed it for what it was…entertainment, not a documentary.

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    I agree. Thought it was hugely overrated. I bought it in DVD though, so only wasted £10.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    But Nigel Fargae gave it 5 stars!! 😉

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Did I miss something?

    Yep: the threads about it when it came out.

    brakes
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    Am I missing something?

    £15 and about 2 hours by the sounds of it.

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    Did you miss Harry Potter in it?

    P’arrently he’s pleased with his performance, so much so he’s stopped warbling.

    🙏

    winston
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    It was awful. Great idea for a film that was totally miscast and badly directed. Mark Rylance playing Mark Rylance, stupid perpetually gliding plane, confusing and pointless timeline. Really annoyed me as I’d been looking forward to it.

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    Buying DVDs – how quaint! 🙂

    I thought it was good 🙂

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    There was a long thread, basically some people agree with you, others do not. I thought it was an incredible and absorbing tale that told a number of stories, the split timeline gave you the perspective as to how long other aspects took, the kid on the boat was there to show how it wasn’t just the soldiers risking their lives, the shock and fear that Cilian Murphy had was important as was the desperation of the guys who basically got bounced back to the beach multiple times.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    There was a long thread, basically some people agree with you, others do not.

    That’s what I said 😀

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    I loved it. I enjoyed it for what it was…entertainment, not a documentary.

    I wouldn’t have minded factual inaccuracies if it had been entertaining, but entertained I was not.

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    There was a long thread, basically some people agree with you, others do not.

    Sorry, should have used the search function first.  My bad!

    Edit: If the search function actually worked that is!

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    I imagine it loses some of its impact when not viewed on a big screen, with a cinemas sound system….

    I wasn’t sure why they needed a dinosaur in it but otherwise pretty impressed.

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    How much you want for the Bluray?

    jekkyl
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    The plane did seem to glide for a very long time. I thought that it was likely long enough to get back to blighty. I quite enjoyed it but it wasn’t 5 stars like Empire claimed.

    johndoh
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    I loved the overlapping of concurrent stories. I do think there were some things that could have been done differently (and the gliding Spitfire was very annoying) but overall it was okay. I agree that they really didn’t capture the despair of two huge armies desperately trying to get off the beaches but I think it would take a very brave director to try to capture that as any wartime beach scene will be compared to Saving Private Ryan (which was possibly the best 15 minutes of cinema ever).

    Did we beat Jerry in this one?

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    How much you want for the Bluray?

    PM me your address and it’s yours for nowt.

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    the best 15 minutes of cinema ever

    ooh – now that’s a thread in waiting.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    yo! pm on the way 😀

    namastebuzz
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    I loved it though I did expect a bit more……

    Lucky enough to have big screen/huge sound system at home.

    The converging time lines were brilliantly handled.

    Spitfires could actually glide a long way but only if they started gliding at the ideal speed (120-140kts I think) and with sufficient altitude. Too fast – they’d tumble. Too slow and they wouldn’t go very far. The sequence in the film was using a huge amount of artistic licence.

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    its bollix

    Premier Icon DezB
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    To be fair, the best bit for me was the sound of the Stukas. But I saw it at a UCI cinema with bmmmmummmmm DOLBY STEREO wubwubwubwub – and it was bloody scary!

    It didn’t have alot of peouw-peouw-dakka-dakka-dakka for the attention deficit crowd for sure.

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    UCI cinema

    I meant Vue.

    P-Jay
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    My 2p is that it’s a good film, I liked the way they used music to build the tension and it looked great.

    But it’s not perfect, it takes itself very seriously, long lingering shots of actors staring off into the distance – like Joey from Friend’s ‘Smell the fart’ acting.

    It’s a bit of soft porn for the middle classes too – the posh boys all act valiantly, stiff upper lip and all that whilst the working class enlisted men cower, argue amongst themselves and basically do anything to survive.

    Mostly though, if you don’t let the hype get under your skin, it’s a better film.

    slimjim78
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    It boils down to two kinds of film fans.

    Those preferring to be entertained by way of ‘Pew Pew! – BOOM!!’, whilst the others prefer not to be spoon fed tripe – but rather enjoy an absorbing tale – being left to fill in the blanks with, you know, their imagination and stuff.

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    For a sequel they could do the 51st Division left behind who fought at St Valerie en Caux.

    Holding back the Germans for 3 days with no ammo, fighting street by street, bayonets against automatic weapons. A bloody sacrifice.

    And not evacuated.

    johndoh
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    ^^^ I guess that is the 4,000 men that are referred to in The Darkest Hour?

    Did we beat Jerry in this one?

    Here’s your clue

    Nigel Fargae gave it 5 stars!!

    onlysteel
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    Missed at cinema, and found it underwhelming on a 32″ screen. Suspect the big screen/sound would improve it considerably. Nice to see Branagh being wheeled out to do his phlegmatic Brit cliche…….

    slimjim78
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    Branagh was just about palatable this time round. Just.

    I must admit, I did find the lack of numbers on the beaches odd at first, and found myself wondering if it was a budget constraint, or a conscious decision to add a ‘close quarters’ feel to the movie. I suspect the latter was driven by the former, as the Ben Hur days of 20,000 extras are obviously long gone.

    One day a studio will be brave/silly enough to cut the CGI and go pure old school on a mega-epic war movie. Until then, we have Captain America VIII.

    Or, directors will try to eke out a bit more clever. A-la Revenant battle scene. Proabably the best use of CGI I can recall.

    johnnystorm
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    Did they include any Boulton & Paul Defiants in the dog fighting scenes?

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    slimjim78

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    It boils down to two kinds of film fans.

    Those preferring to be entertained by way of ‘Pew Pew! – BOOM!!’, whilst the others prefer not to be spoon fed tripe – but rather enjoy an absorbing tale – being left to fill in the blanks with, you know, their imagination and stuff.

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    So basically if you don’t like it you are a pleb . FWIW I thought it was total crap .

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    Those preferring to be entertained by way of ‘Pew Pew! – BOOM!!’, whilst the others prefer not to be spoon fed tripe – but rather enjoy an absorbing tale – being left to fill in the blanks with, you know, their imagination and stuff.

    Interesting this, cos I thought most of the people who didn’t like Dunkirk come up with all the – it’s not realistic enough, not busy enough on the beach and all that stuff like they were there or clever enough to put themselves in the position of being there… but what you’re saying is it actually wasn’t enough of an action film for them??

    No wonder I loved it, I can’t stand action films.

    neilnevill
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    The gliding spit is explained! I forget, might be Mark rylance’s character, talks about a son you was raf pilot, killed, but he always thinks he is up there looking after them, that is the plane – a ghost, a bit of good fortune…. Only those with good fortune survived sort of reference.

    It is an OK ish film, but I thought it could have been far far better

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