It may clock in at a mere 106 minutes (making it Nolan's second shortest film to date), but make no mistake, this is epic cinema at its most glorious. The sound was really loud that it really felt like I was actually in the war itself. "It's so pointless. I don't really get it".
Some have even hailed it as Nolan's best movie in years and a cinematic milestone for war movies. I have been told Harry Styles, of the boy band One Direction, is in the film. One, aptly named Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), the film's supposed protagonist, reaches the beaches where thousands of men are lined up to be picked up by naval vessels that are either sunk by bombers or do not arrive. "We wanted to tackle that and make what I refer to as a very present tense narrative where you're in the moment with these characters".
Mark Rylance (as Mr. Thompson): "There's no hiding from this, son". He has what it takes to hold the screen on his own.
An Imax camera was strapped into the cockpit, filming as actor Jack Lowden struggled to get out. I would also suggest that, as nothing is explained, and as the ear-shattering orchestration often drowns out what dialogue there is, you may wish to do some research before you go.
He told PEOPLE: 'Boats, sides of boats, swimming.
"I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren't being used as some kind of freakish leverage against shutting down theaters", he said.
In Nolan's depiction, the young soldiers stranded on the beach (Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles) are front and centre, flanked by experienced old hands including Kenneth Branagh and James D'Arcy. Even if you are not a huge fan of war films, you are bound to fall in love with this one.
He pointed out that, because much of the movie was filmed at sea, it wasn't as glamorous as people might assume. It's a thrilling conclusion that only the refined skill and originality of the guy who made "Memento" can pull off. "I think he's done such an fantastic thing with the story and how he's told it".
The film promises to be a 70mm spectacle that, early reviews say, is among Nolan's best works. Yes, the basic facts - time, dates, war - remain true, but the experience of soldiers on the ground will never be singular. The aerial scenes of this movie are drawn out for added intensity.
Nolan's other film credits are "Batman Begins", "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises".
"Dunkirk" is spectacular, of course, not least in the way it splits historical events into three segments.
So watch it on the gargantuan Imax screen - that's what critics are recommending to enjoy the movie to the max.