Skip to comments.How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole
Posted on 07/24/2017 6:18:35 AM PDT by C19fan
Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt. But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, its a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitts November WWII bomb Allied.
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Saving Private Ryan premiered in July 1998 and it seemed to do pretty well.
I think another WW I epic story which ought to be put to the screen is the first battle in the war for the Americans....the Battle of Cantigny. The second battle at Mame (June 1918) would also be an epic story.
Saw Dunkirk last night. I would NOT recommend it. Perhaps it was the fault of the theatre. It was so loud that it was painful. Plus the dialogue (what little there was) was obscured by gunfire, explosions, rushing sea water, etc. It was hard to follow. Plus, for whatever reason, the filmmakers never identified the enemy (and hardly anybody else). When they covered Churchill’s stirring address at the end, they glossed over it.
This retreat was a turning point in WWII and deserved a more comprehensive coverage. Certainly anybody seeing this movie who isn’t British would hardly understand what happened. I say “who isn’t British” because the British seem to take better care of their history than others and also because they lost so many men.
I did get the message from the film — 400,000 awaiting evacuation on the beach; 30,000 made it to Dover. War is Hell.
We saw Dunkirk this weekend. I thought it was good, but had difficulty following when the action went from day to night and back to day and then again night. The stories intertwined were interesting. Dunkirk was an event like no other. I am glad to see a resurgence of movies about World War 2. It was a time when men were men and there was an important job to be done......and they put Good and Right ahead of their personal safety. The respect I have for those who fought in WW2 is overwhelming. As is the respect I have for those serving now.
Addendum: and what was the reason that the film maker never identified the enemy? Did the Germans have money in this production?
As good as Dunkirk was in it’s own way, it was not Saving Private Ryan. Too bad Tom Hanks turned into such a jerk.