‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ Mash Up Makes for the Ultimate War Thriller

Two of 2017’s highly acclaimed war movies appear to go extremely well together.
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By  · Published on January 4th, 2018

Two of 2017’s highly acclaimed war movies appear to go extremely well together.

War films are mainstays in Hollywood. They must simply tap into some kind of basal instinct in audiences, or at least that’s why so many of them are constantly made. Dunkirk and Darkest Hour are two of the more acclaimed war movies of 2017, and as evidenced by this fantastic edit by Joseph Vargas, they have the potential to converge and form a whole new thriller. Watch it below.

We posted just yesterday about the endless possibilities present in unpacking Christopher Nolan’s more visceral version of the Battle of Dunkirk. As the film became readily available on home media last month, video editors everywhere have been itching to get their hands dirty and deliver their take on Nolan’s unconventional war movie. It’s just part and parcel of the Nolan film experience. You watch it, then have the urge to take it apart and analyze what you’ve seen.

Dunkirk and Darkest Hour are thematically similar. Both films deal with the same series of historical events. However, especially knowing the specific tone of Highkey Stress in Nolan’s movie, there are few films that would stylistically mesh well with it. That being said, the footage from Dunkirk and Darkest Hour seem perfectly tailored for one another. Dunkirk‘s unique storytelling techniques may not be retained. But when spliced between Gary Oldman‘s lauded performance as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, the effect is just as palpable.

Once again, fan edits showcase the ability to materialize concepts that are too good to be true. Vargas’ trailer may just be wishful thinking, but it makes for a cool concept nonetheless; one that could work phenomenally as a war-based miniseries. Time to mourn the fact that that’s not actually happening.

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Sheryl Oh often finds herself fascinated (and let's be real, a little obsessed) with actors and their onscreen accomplishments, developing Film School Rejects' Filmographies column as a passion project. She's not very good at Twitter but find her at @sherhorowitz anyway. (She/Her)