Some movie previews let you know you just saw everything good in the movie.
I might have to see it by myself because it’s a war movie, but the previews are loaded with tension.
Well, some of them.
Some feature a pop singer as a cheap way to get younger fans into seats. Bleh.
(Note to movie people: Have a little more confidence in your product.)
No, the original trailer I saw emphasized what most people don’t know.
On the way to victory in World War II, the allied forces had a few setbacks. 300,000 members of the British army were caught on the French beach of Dunkirk after retreating. The Germans pushed them to the water’s edge.
They were trapped, with no way to fight and nowhere to run.
Across the channel their countrymen raised every fishing boat, sailboat, row boat – and set off after them.
Against the most powerful and vicious army the world had ever seen.
See, we know how the war turned out. They didn’t.
The army trapped on the beach had zero knowledge they’d be saved. The fishermen and ferries and tour guides had no idea they’d come back alive.
They all realized something that today we have a hard time envisioning: that the good guys might lose this war.
The fear, tension and pride in such a situation comes through in the preview. I believe Dunkirk will be one of the best movies of the year.
I also believe it’ll be a great lesson in storytelling that writers will benefit hugely from, so I’m recommending you go see it. I think there’s a lesson in tension in it for you, and $10 is a cheap price for an education.