“Dunkirk” is a much-anticipated film directed by Christopher Nolan, which recounts the disastrous retreat of the British army in June 1940. Prime Minister Winston Churchill dubbed it a "collosal military disaster" that threatened the very existence of the British army. Nearly 400,000 British troops were eventually saved by the British navy and hundreds of civilians who took to their frail craft to save soldiers stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk while Germany’s Luftwaffe flew overhead, bombing and strafing at will. The heroics that took place over nearly two weeks became a rallying cry for the people of Britain ever since.
Nolan's Dunkirk opens this weekend.
The movie follows the historical events closely and includes gripping scenes of carnage and heroism. However, Brian Truitt of USA Today criticized the movie because it did not include women or “actors of color.” Referring in his review to the various storylines in the big-budget war movie, Truitt provided the following warning:
“The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way.”