Dunkirk was one of my most anticipated movies of this summer. It has the Nolan name behind it, it had pretty good trailers, and on top of that I’m a sucker for World War II films. Especially when they tell stories that I am, admittedly, not completely familiar with. After seeing this on an IMAX screen, I’ll say upfront it almost meets my expectations – almost.
The film is written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and in Nolan fashion is shot for IMAX screens. Dunkirk is a historical action/drama that tells of the events that unfolded during World War II at Dunkirk as Allied solders are surrounded by the German army and they must evacuate over 400,000 people within a very short amount of time.
This is a very different kind of Nolan movie. The directing style was different, the story telling was different, and the characters were different from any other film made by Nolan. While there are still Nolan staples to be found in Dunkirk, it is obvious that he was going to a different type of film than he usually directs. Some of these changes worked, some things not so much. (more…)
The LEGO Batman Movie is a spinoff story based off the Batman character last seen in the hit 2014 film, The LEGO Movie. Without spoiling anything; it’s about the world’s favorite dark knight fighting to saving Gotham from his greatest enemy, the Joker. The LEGO BatmanMovie is directed by first-time feature film director, Chris McKay, and stars the voice talents of Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth.
Is this movie one of the best DC movies released since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008 as some outlets are saying? I’m going to have to say no. Does it feature one of the best Jokers that we have seen put on the screen? To that, I will say yes. In no particular order, I would say this Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, falls in the top 3 Joker spots next to Heath Ledger’s Joker as well as Mark Hamill’s Joker from the Batman Animated Series. (more…)