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Mark Rylance praises Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk as "simple and powerful"

07.18.2016

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It's fun to see a Christopher Nolan project take shape, no matter what genre Nolan tackles or which cast he assembles, the degree of interest from just about every one of us is almost always very high. Nolan's latest, DUNKIRK, tells the story of Operation Dynamo, in which Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk after being cut off and surrounded by the German army during the Battle of France. No doubt an epic story which, when combined with Nolan's touch, IMAX cameras, and a boatload of cash, will turn into an equally epic movie. Among the cast of DUNKIRK is Mark Rylance who recently spoke with Empire about Christopher Nolan's work on DUNKIRK so far.

Chris is the most serious and interesting filmmaker. Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. But Chris’ script-writing is so brilliant that I think he has the potential to make a very, very powerful and simple, pure war film about a miraculous loss. I think it has the potential to be just a marvelous film.

As Nolan's last few projects couldn't exactly be called simple, it will be interesting, and perhaps refreshing, to see him tackle a straight-forward story with DUNKIRK. That doesn't mean that things won't be incredibly tense however as Rylance went on to describe how the film will likely kick off, with a bang.

With some of those old war films you used to get a lot of build-up, you play the guessing game: who’s going to die and who’s going to live. This one has none of that. It’s just BANG! Straight into the middle of a desperate situation.

DUNKIRK is set for a July 21, 2017 release.

Source: Empire

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9:55PM on 07/18/2016
On a filmmaking level, Nolan is a brilliant director. On a story level, he should just adapt and let others write. Inception and Interstellar suffered from extensive exposition that could have been conveyed through images instead of words. I'm hoping Dunkirk is more like The Prestige when it comes to writing,
On a filmmaking level, Nolan is a brilliant director. On a story level, he should just adapt and let others write. Inception and Interstellar suffered from extensive exposition that could have been conveyed through images instead of words. I'm hoping Dunkirk is more like The Prestige when it comes to writing,
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11:36PM on 07/18/2016
Agreed, his writing suffers when he goes at it alone (Jonah's the better writer of the two). Although, to his credit, I feel that he knows how to play to his strengths well enough to at least compensate for it better than some other writer/directors do.
Agreed, his writing suffers when he goes at it alone (Jonah's the better writer of the two). Although, to his credit, I feel that he knows how to play to his strengths well enough to at least compensate for it better than some other writer/directors do.
2:42AM on 07/19/2016
My only problem with his writing is what you mentioned: too much expository dialogue. He needs to learn to show and not tell. As the director, he needs to trust the audience that the story and visuals can tell the story without the necessity of explanatory dialogue. I think his strength as a writer in his story structure and how he weaves a story, but his dialogue can be too on the nose. He should collaborate with his brother whenever possible.
My only problem with his writing is what you mentioned: too much expository dialogue. He needs to learn to show and not tell. As the director, he needs to trust the audience that the story and visuals can tell the story without the necessity of explanatory dialogue. I think his strength as a writer in his story structure and how he weaves a story, but his dialogue can be too on the nose. He should collaborate with his brother whenever possible.
8:23PM on 07/18/2016
Hopefully it makes up for the disappointing Interstellar.
Hopefully it makes up for the disappointing Interstellar.
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9:13PM on 07/18/2016
Excuse you?!
Excuse you?!
11:40PM on 07/18/2016
Don't excuse yourself, Soloist. Interstellar was bad.
Don't excuse yourself, Soloist. Interstellar was bad.
12:29AM on 07/19/2016
Interstellar is one of my all time favorites. A complex story that requires multiple viewings.

But i have heard a few ppl say they thought it was boring

perhaps sonce i think it has one of/ if not THE best score, that made me love the film all the more.
Interstellar is one of my all time favorites. A complex story that requires multiple viewings.

But i have heard a few ppl say they thought it was boring

perhaps sonce i think it has one of/ if not THE best score, that made me love the film all the more.
2:37AM on 07/19/2016
It's a love it or hate it movie. I heard a lot of the negative reactions before seeing the movie and I thought I would feel the same, but I saw it and I really enjoyed it. Many of the problems audiences complained about I don't mind (I'm okay with the ending and the Matt Damon storyline). I respect the opinions of those who dislike it, but I don't consider it bad. It's flawed, but more positives than negatives.
It's a love it or hate it movie. I heard a lot of the negative reactions before seeing the movie and I thought I would feel the same, but I saw it and I really enjoyed it. Many of the problems audiences complained about I don't mind (I'm okay with the ending and the Matt Damon storyline). I respect the opinions of those who dislike it, but I don't consider it bad. It's flawed, but more positives than negatives.
11:29AM on 07/19/2016
Personally, I thought Interstellar was near perfect. Yes, Nolan bit off more than he could chew, the last moments were rushed, but he consistently puts his imagination and budget on the screen.
Personally, I thought Interstellar was near perfect. Yes, Nolan bit off more than he could chew, the last moments were rushed, but he consistently puts his imagination and budget on the screen.
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