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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Review: “Dunkirk”

    By Kyle | July 21, 2017

    I thought it was technically brilliant, but lacking somewhat in heart. My review.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Review: “Dunkirk””

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      July 21st, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      It should have been a hard R.

    2. Weir Says:
      July 24th, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Even just hearing that one word “home” is going to be too corny for somebody or other. The kind of people who think this movie’s not bleak enough.

      They’d have hated Saving Private Ryan, but the philosophy’s the same. Nolan puts it in three words, “me or him.” Or maybe it was “him or me.”

      Dickens could get away with a big speech, “a far, far better thing that I do,” which is corny and sentimental. But Nolan takes this idea of sacrifice and reverses it, gives it to a character who believes the opposite, has him shout it out in the middle of exactly the kind of scene where it belongs.

      People don’t even notice there’s any idea there, because in the scene it really is life and death, “me or him.”