"Dunkirk" is a must-see summer movie, according to the movie critics tweeting about it.
The full reviews aren't even out yet, but critics who have seen Christopher Nolan's World War II drama set in France are giving it major props in 140-characters or less.
"Dunkirk," which stars Mark Rylance, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy, is receiving high praise for its score, the powerful imagery and sequences, plus great performances from actors who are given very little dialogue.
"Dunkirk" follows the lives of troops from Belgium, Canada, Britain, and France as they cope with the world war surrounding them. When Germany advances into France in May of 1940 and traps the Allies on the beaches of Dunkirk, troops evacuate using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel they can find.
Take a look at the early reactions to see why critics are calling it "brilliant," "thrilling" and even "beautiful."
From direction to editing to cinematography to score, w/ #Dunkirk Christopher Nolan proves he is one of the great filmmakers of our time— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
The thing about this film is it very consciously veers away from character development. It's very in-the-moment kinda filmmaking.— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
I liked that, tho. In this situation, soldiers & rescuers were all thrown together. No one really knew anyone. It was all about survival— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
So don't expect some 20-min monologue about some girl some dude has back home. No time for that. It's all go! go! go! Now RUN!— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 10, 2017
Editor of Collider Steve Weintraub also chimed in on the action-packed drama, tweeting Monday that it was "absolutely worth the [money]."
"Dunkirk is edge of your seat filmmaking that’s fully realized in @IMAX. Can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it. See this in IMAX!" he posted. "A lot of people were wondering about @harry_styles & unknown cast. They’re all great but Dunkirk is not about any one solider."
Weintraub went on to say "Dunkirk" was the product of "another brilliant collaboration between Nolan & @HansZimmer. The way he mixes in a ticking clock with score is nail biting."
DUNKIRK relies on v little dialogue, but is entirely impactful. We all know what happened on that beach, but Nolan's take is worth visiting.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) July 10, 2017
Yes, DUNKIRK relies heavily on sound of an increasingly fast ticking clock to build suspense. It may be a cheap trick, but it's effective AF— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) July 10, 2017
DUNKIRK is fantastic. Truly thrilling from first to last second. A heartbreaking, heart-pounding, nail-biting offering. Nolan fans, rejoice.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) July 10, 2017
And for those asking: Harry Styles does well in DUNKIRK, was pleasantly surprised.— Anna Klassen (@AnnaJKlassen) July 10, 2017
FWIW I thought DUNKIRK was heads above most everything else this year. Pure, maximum cinema. All sea and sky and Rylance.— Jake Coyle (@jakecoyleAP) July 10, 2017
Harry Styles & DUNKIRK cast deliver powerful performances as they react to the insane practical effects & sets.— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) July 10, 2017
Beyond immersive. Just wow. pic.twitter.com/VXLdG22cRh
DUNKIRK: intense! 3 intercutting stories on 3 time frames. Almost a silent film, w/ incredible score. May be divisive. I LOVED. See 70mm! pic.twitter.com/E6Xga21Skm— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) July 10, 2017
Can't wait to review "Dunkirk,' a mix of modern storytelling (interwoven timeframes), classic filmmaking (real Spitfire dogfights) #Dunkirk— Stephen Whitty (@StephenWhitty) July 10, 2017
Dunkirk is thrilling, beautiful & a must in 70mm IMAX - but it's also hard to ignore that it has zero distinctive personalities/characters.— (((Eric Eisenberg))) (@eeisenberg) July 10, 2017