|The cast of thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands, and their hats.|
If you like real war, or even just video games about war, Dunkirk is for you. Featuring tons of human misery, massive amounts of gunfire, countless sinking ships, dozens of bombs exploding, and several truly harrowing underwater drowning scenes, the story of 400,000 soldiers trapped on a beach in France with the Germans at their backs during World War II will either turn you on or make you nauseous. (I was in the latter group.)
The minimal dialog is mostly unintelligible for the garbled British accents. The music is loud and foreboding, which is only appropriate since it accompanies what you see onscreen. (See preceding paragraph.) None of the soldiers have names and they all look exactly alike, so you never really get to know anyone. This is actually good since when one of them dies you don't care at all.
I hated this film from the moment it started and couldn't wait for it to be over. Now I can't wait until next February to see it get like 17 Academy Award nominations. I predict Best Picture for sure.