Admittedly I haven’t seen all of the potential Best Picture nominees this year, but I’ve seen most. The one movie that stands out is Dunkirk. It’s the best war movie in a long time. It may be the best war movie ever.
Writer/Director Christopher Nolan did something he’s done quite well throughout his career. He played with the time element in this movie, something you rarely if ever see in period pieces. From the start, we are introduced to three storylines that are one week, one day, and one hour away from the culmination of the movie. It’s arguably the most brilliant use of time displacement in movie history. There are not forced intersections, but when the lines do cross they do so in a very natural manner. We are given the opportunity to get emotionally invested in multiple characters without having to sacrifice our feelings for others.
I could go on and on about the merits. I could even spoil it, but I won’t. This isn’t just the best movie of Nolan’s career, nor is it just the best movie of the year. This is the best overall movie that Hollywood has put out in several years. If it doesn’t win the Academy Award for Best Picture, I’ll go ahead and watch whatever beat it, but I’ll do so knowing that if it isn’t an incredible film, the Academy is worthless and politics won the night.