Saw the film in IMAX 70mm and this is exactly how it should be viewed. Nolan provides once again one of the best movie going experiences
one could ever get out of going to the movies. The crisp and clear visuals sucked the audience into the movie and made it feel like we were there with the characters. Every time guns were shot, it felt like I was being shot at. Bombs being drop made you feel
the shockwaves, due to the amount of bass and thanks to the IMAX theater speakers. Ingenius work with the sound design.
The decision to not focus on characters made the feel of war THAT much more authentic, although Hardy's character was the most badass.
It's quite ironic that things like 3D and CGI are supposed to make cinema more immersive. But my most immersive movie experience was experienced just a few hours ago with Dunkirk. The high resolution IMAX, the great cinematography, the fantastic sound design and soundtrack - all melded together cohesively truly made me feel like I was there on the beach, there in the water and there in the air.
I would not say this is my favorite Nolan film. However, Dunkirk in IMAX 70mm was hands down the best movie-going experience I have ever had in my 29 years of life.
I want to add, that for this PG-13 rated movie. Nolan decided to set a limitation on himself and he succeeded very damn well. War movies often times rely on depicting gore and violence for shock factor, There is no gore and no blood even within the movie(or at least very little). However, there are multiple scenes where he draws the picture, but leaves the audience to color it in with our imaginations. Nolan's way of drawing out the terrors of war is truly masterful and even more effective than the norm. For example:
Nolan really accentuated the feeling of tension throughout the entire film and his masterful allusion to horrific moments was well executed. Which leads me to call it... his next film venture will be a mystery/thriller/horror.