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Dunkirk the movie
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, May 19, 2018 12:36 PM

I know that this was a previous thread, however I can't find it.

I finally saw the movie last night and I really liked it. It took a bit to figure out the "theme" Nolan was working to.

One very curious thing. There were numerous anachronisms throughout that weren't too important, like the modern destroyers and a number of clearly post war buildings.

But, towards the end of the movie there are a series of beach scenes where container cranes in multiple are clearly shown in the background.

I'd had a couple of beers, ok, but it struck me that the point was almost to remind us that the ghosts of those guys are still there on that beach.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 19, 2018 2:22 PM

Had a really strange feel for a war movie but great cinematography and clever storytelling  



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Posted by cwalker3 on Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:01 AM

First let me say I've yet to see the movie. Just too cheap and been waiting for it to come out on Netflix or some other free outlet.

I can see how they could miss editing out the cranes, but using modern destroyers is just ridiculous. I try not to let those types of things ruin a movie for me, but damn, filming modern destroyers in a WW II movie?

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Posted by Aggieman on Sunday, May 20, 2018 3:23 PM

Dunkirk was my favorite movie from last year. Loved the Spitfires, but am not recalling any destroyer action? Perhaps a shot of a ship full of evacuating soldiers? My biggest complaint about the movie revolved around the number of soldiers on the beach, and the rescue boats coming across the Channel. There should have been many more than depicted, I believe.

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, May 20, 2018 5:42 PM

Hmm, guess I just should have watched the movie a little more closely since none of that jumped out at me. Though in repeated viewings it's stuff like that I do notice and it irks me. I know 'Dunkirk' wasn't one of the biggest budgeted movies recently but still it seems like they could have hired some CGI guys to 'paint over' the offending modern buildings and cranes. And alter the modern ships to make them look more period vintage. 



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But there's one scene, one friggin' scene where the hero is waiting at the train station and A MODERN DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE pulls up... sheesh....

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:04 PM


Dunkirk was my favorite movie from last year. Loved the Spitfires, but am not recalling any destroyer action? Perhaps a shot of a ship full of evacuating soldiers? My biggest complaint about the movie revolved around the number of soldiers on the beach, and the rescue boats coming across the Channel. There should have been many more than depicted, I believe.



They portrayed a fraction of the boats/ships that came. I'm sure it was a budget thing.

I didn't know Spitfires could glide that long. Huh?



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Posted by Reasoned on Sunday, May 20, 2018 8:36 PM


 I didn't know Spitfires could glide that long. Huh?


Only after they shoot down a "Dunkirk Era" Hispano Buchon Wink

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:16 PM

I thought the ships looked ”close enough” for an early WWII destroyer. Certainly no worse than what was used in “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, and far better than “Pearl Harbor”. 

“Dunkirk“ was entertaining enough for me, and I look forward to adding it to my video library. Along with “Darkest Hour“, they make a good pair to watch before “Battle of Britain”.

And I did pick up “The King’s Speech” a few weeks ago off the clearance shelf at Target. Another excellent film of that era. If you have not seen that one yet, watch it. No action, just a real story.


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Posted by ridleusmc on Monday, May 21, 2018 12:25 AM

I liked all of those movies; The King's Speech, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and Battle of Britain. 

I did see modern destroyers in Dunkirk.  I let it slide, because it can't be easy to put world war two destroyers on film.  I guess they could use CGI, but that wouldn't be easy either.  It was a just a momentary flash of destroyer amoungst small ships and planes.  It was just in there to help set a scene.

Darkest Hour was a great movie, and Gary Olham is a great actor.  However, can any actor really pull off Winston Churchill?     

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Posted by Bish on Monday, May 21, 2018 2:11 AM

The ships did not bother me, they were not to modern and while not completly realistic, they were close enough. I have seen other people mention thecranes, but it was only after watching it a couple of times that i noticed them. I think the one thing that was missing was the lack of debris on the beach. When you look at post battle pics the beach is full of vehicles, guns and equipment.

The role of the Little Ships is very much over played in the UK, you would think they rescued the whole bloody army rather than the 6,000 out of 300,000 they actually got off. I think the part of the little ships in the movie was well not and probably in proportion to reality.

Overall i really liked the movie, some innacuracies of course, such as say they had got off 300,000 Brits and only then were going to take off the French, but as with all these movies, they have to tailor to a wider audience not just history geeks.

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Posted by Trabi on Monday, May 21, 2018 3:38 AM

Well only thing which bothered me (and my WIFE !! Surprise ) in that movie was that Spitfires had only squadron codes. But by leaving specific plane codes off they could use fictitious pilots.

Still: good movie! Have to find that DVD.

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