Yes, I can understand your point about the blow them up super hero type crap, Phillip. But sometimes special affects, when used wisely, can provide the grand cope of events not otherwise possible. To me it looked like a movie made in a bathtub instead of an ocean.

I liked the thrust of what the director was trying to do — less hype. But I was very much let down by the backdrop. When it comes to anything military or historic I’m very much a perfectionist. For instance just one scene with an airplane using acrobatic smoke to represent a hit and I’m done with it.

It would be terrific if a movie like Dunkirk could be made, and then remade filling in its flaws. But as with most of life things can’t be redone.

I guess I expect every war movie to be made with the same realism and the intensity of the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. Now of course that type of intensity would not have fit the main theme of Dunkirk.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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