The INSIDER Summary:
- One Direction singer Harry Styles is in “Dunkirk.”
- He’s great for Harry Styles fans because he’s Harry Styles.
- Non-Harry Styles fans will also appreciate him because he’s a good actor and blends in with the rest of the cast.
- Fortunately, he doesn’t sing.
I don’t really care for One Direction. It’s just not my thing. And for that reason, I love Harry Styles in “Dunkirk.”
There are two types of people in this world. There are people who love Harry Styles and follow his every move. And there are people who vaguely know who he is, if they’ve heard of him at all. For the most part, I’m the latter. So was “Dunkirk” director Christopher Nolan, who cast Styles in the movie without knowing he was very famous.
That’s what makes casting Styles a stroke of genius.
If you watch “Dunkirk” for Harry Styles, you’ll love it because Harry Styles is in it. He’s a very good actor and he’s the heart of the movie.
If you watch “Dunkirk” for everything else in “Dunkirk,” you’ll love it because it’s a great movie about the psychological effects of war and it’s Christopher Nolan’s best movie yet. Also, there’s a great actor named Harry Styles in it.
As Nolan said, “I cast Harry, because he fit the part wonderfully and truly earned a seat at the table.”
Watching the movie, I honestly wasn’t sure which character Harry Styles played. I didn’t really know what he looked like, except that he has a lot of hair. But in the movie, his hair is cut and he could have been any of the three significant characters who are white guys in their twenties with dark hair, light eyes, and strong chins. They’re all good actors and I was able to appreciate the movie without getting pulled out of it and thinking, “Hey, that’s Harry Styles.”
It’s also important that Styles doesn’t sing in the movie. For a prime example of how a musician should not act, just look at Ed Sheeran on the season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones.” He looked exactly like Ed Sheeran. That pulls viewers out of the show’s immersive experience. He also sang a song (Sheeran is a “musician”), which threw off the pacing of the episode. Viewers hated it so much that Sheeran deleted his Twitter account in the wake of the backlash.
The only times musicians should sing in a movie is if they’re playing themselves, like Frank Sinatra in “Higher and Higher,” cheekily playing a funnier version of themselves, like The Backstreet Boys in “This Is the End,” or if you’re in a movie called “Inside Llewyn Davis” and you happen to be Justin Timberlake. Notice how Frank Sinatra didn’t try to sing when he was playing an army private in “From Here to Eternity” or a heroin addict in “The Man With The Golden Arm,” when he was playing characters who were people other than himself. Wisely, neither does Harry Styles in “Dunkirk.”
“Dunkirk” is in theaters now.
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