Dunkirk ★★★½

I liked it, but I thought it could have been better. I saw it in IMAX, and while I appreciated the sound design (NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!), I couldn't understand half of the dialogue. And while I understand that yes, perhaps that is accurate to the environment, this is a film, and if the audience isn't going to be able to hear the dialogue, then why have any?

I also felt very little emotional impact, a common criticism for this movie. Mostly I felt bad for Tommy because every situation he ended up in was unlucky and tough. YES, I know that is the point. But just think about how much MORE emotional and powerful it could have been if there were 20 more minutes of run time to forge an emotional connection to the characters instead of us caring simply because they are humans in desperate situations.

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