Okay, I need to rave for a moment. I don’t often rave about things, but when things are done right, I think they need to be raved about.

Case in point: The first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movie Dunkirk. Check it out:

Now I am not raving just because Nolan is one of my favourite directors, but because THIS is how you make a trailer. These days trailers are far too long, give away too much of the story, and rarely raise any anticipation or curiosity about the movie.

Here, in just over a minute, Nolan has, without any spoken words, given us a location, a time, a feeling, an emotion, and made you want to know more. That final scene of the soldiers in the boat – first one soldier looks up at the sound of a diving plane, then a couple more look up, then as the sound of more planes come in, everyone looks up, and then they all react – is so expertly done that you don’t even need to be shown what is going on in order to know what is going on.

That is some A Grade film-making right there. I can’t wait to see this.


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