The Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk opened this weekend, and, as the President likes to say, it’s yuge.
The World War II movie should earn $51M this opening weekend. This surprises box office watchers, who didn’t think a movie which appeals mostly to older white guys would earn so much. However, it appears that Dunkirk is also making headway among women and young men.
Dunkirk is wowing the critics as well. The website Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 92% positive rating. Metacritic, which aggregates film critics’ scores, gives it a whopping 94. And even in this era of hyper political partisanship, writers on both left and right praise it. Conservative National Review says the film is “brilliantly realized,” while liberal The Atlantic calls it “a masterpiece.”
But you know that every party has its pooper, and so Dunkirk has its contrarian detractors. No, they’re not leftists. They’re the French and the Russians.
French critic Jacques Mandelbaum, writing in Le Monde, accused director Nolan of being “witheringly impolite” towards France. “A dozen seconds devoted to a group of French soldiers defending the city who were not very friendly, and a few more to a French soldier disguised as British in order to try to flee the massacre?” he griped. A HuffPo France critic chimed in, sniping that “Anglo-Saxons have an unpleasant tendency to put forward the feats of the British army and pass over those of the French army.”
Meanwhile, Russians mock Dunkirk as an example of British cowardice. One Russian magazine said that “it is not such a glorious page in history.”