And our #1 Movie of 2017 is... DUNKIRK
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Here because: The only movie on our list to be named on six of seven ballots (the only exception being Susan's, who wrote our review, quoted below), Dunkirk is the seventh Christopher Nolan film to make Crosswalk's list. Basically, everything the man has directed since we've been doing this has made it (Batman Begins, 2005; The Prestige, 2006; The Dark Knight, 2008; Inception, 2010; The Dark Knight Rises, 2012; Interstellar, 2014), with both Inception and now Dunkirk claiming our top spot for their years.
Dunkirk tells (let's call it half) the story of the honest-to-God miracle that turned the tide of World War II for Great Britain (Darkest Hour tells the other half, and should be watched as a double feature). It's loud, yet makes excellent use of silence and somber faces. Oddly, there aren't any what you'd call standout performances, despite the presence of Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, ooh, and Harry Styles! But Mark Rylance, who charmed us in Bridge of Spies and The BFG, exudes a quiet and determined grace that communicates everything positive about the English spirit that pulled in one direction in the early 1940s.
Dunkirk is honorable, sacrificial, brave and miraculous at once, earning it the top spot on both Jeff and Ryan's personal lists, and vaulting it to the top spot among Crosswalk's Best Films of 2017. ~Shawn McEvoy
From our review of Dunkirk: "An homage to the quiet bravery of ordinary people, this view of a remarkable real-life event is more survival adventure than war movie. Dunkirk assaults the senses but only occasionally tugs at the heartstrings. It's appealing without being epic, admirable but not quite amazing. 3.5 out of 5." ~Susan Ellingburg
See also: 5 Facts about the Dunkirk Evacuation
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