I am not a fan of his. Not a big sci-fi/superhero film watcher. So this was the first film of his that I've seen. Perhaps you missed the real Spitfires and ME-109 instead of CGI which we Steelnavy movie goers always complain about? Perhaps also you missed the ships? Many of the "small boats" in the movie were actually there that day in 1940.
Perhaps also you missed the skinny stars with period specific hair, complexions and habits (notice how they scarfed down their sandwiches at every opportunity. He made them go hours without food to simulate reality).
To show the enormity of the situation, he could have filled the beach with CGI soldiers. But then, that assumes that you and I know what his goal was. I have not seen Pearl Harbor as I heard who was directing it and having seen films of his before, I knew what it would be. This film was the same. Everyone of my mates who have seen it, who are fans of his genre, said that it was great and a "typical Chris Nolan film."
So it needs to be taken with an appropriate helping of salt.
: Yes, I understand that. And I have heard that
: from others. But I think that the same was
: accomplished in films like THE LONGEST DAY
: and A BRIDGE TOO FAR while also successfully
: conveying the vast scope of the operations.
: And of course neither of those films relied
: upon CGI either. GETTYSBURG was another
: example of a film that successfully got both
: the scope of the battle successfully mated
: to the stories of some of the individuals.
: I didn't feel that this movie successfully
: portrayed the immensity of the operation,
: nor did it get you to identify with or
: empathize with most of the individuals it
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: I feel that the movie failed to convey both
: the immensity of the operation
: and it's significance.
: The movie was not at all about context. It
: was an attempt to tell the stories of
: several people who went through it. You
: never see the lead up, you never see the
: Germans (other than a couple of
: intentionally blurry shapes at the end), you
: only get a feel for what it was like to be
: on that beach, on that boat, or in that
: fighter plane.
: The only context was the propaganda leaflet
: map at the beginning and Churchill's speech
: read by one of the soldiers at the end, but
: that in itself was to show how that survivor
: learned that his experience was different
: than what others thought.