Click the link above to watch the trailer, and check out some of our favorite shots by scrolling through this gallery. One thing is for sure after watching this trailer: You won’t want to see “Dunkirk” anywhere but the big screen.
A gorgeous establishing shot to say the least. “What has happened is a colossal military disaster,” a voicever says as the trailer begins. The stage is set for a ticking time bomb of a suspense film.
We’ve seen this image before, but that still doesn’t lessen its impact when it appears in the official trailer. Just like Joe Wright did in “Atonement,” Nolan ammassed thousands of extras to give the film the necessary scope it needed.
Nolan has gone on record saying the film will take place in three separate locations: The beach, the sky and the sea. What’s exciting is the way Hoytema will get to explore these different vantage points. Seeing enemy airplanes appraoch from the perspective of a soldier on the beach is truly menacing.
Nolan is an outspoek fan of David Lean (“Lawrence of Arabia”), and he seems to be channeling him more than ever before on “Dunkirk.” The use of widesreen opens up the beach and the surrounding enviorment, making the soliders appear even more helpless.
A section of this shot was famously teased in the first trailer that dropped last summer, and now we get to see more of the soldiers ducking for cover on the bridge. The way the bridge is centered in the middle of the frame is unnervingly pleasing to the eye.
The beginning of “The Dark Knight Rises” showed Nolan had a knack for staging a knockout aerial sequence. He’s going to amp things up tenfold for “Dunkirk.”
Another shot where Nolan and Hoytema seem to being embracing David Lean. The beach seems to go on forever here, rendering the soldiers entierly lost and stranded.
Swim as fast as you can, soliders. Your life depends on it.
Nolan is going to have a field day with the movie’s aerial sequences. The way Hoytema blends the sky and the ocean to create an expansive battlefield already looks like it will wow on the big screen.
The most chilling shot of the trailer is this tracking shot that finds a civilian trying to pull a solider out from the ocean and save him from drowning. The way the camera hovers over the solider as he cuts through the waves is nightmarish.
Nolan might be channeling David Lean on the beach, but he’s going full Howard Hughes in the sky. Expect these aerial sequences to be almost balletic.