Review: The Hollow Ambition of 'Dunkirk'

Dunkirk is best explained by quantum mechanics. Seriously. Quantum mechanics states that light acts as both a wave and a particle depending on how you observe it. Depending on how you think it, Dunkirk is both a great movie and an unwatchable mess. It’s an adventurous, ambitious, experimental blockbuster, and a mind-numbingly conventional, mundane prestige vanity project by a big name director. It’s a chest-beating, jingoistic call for national pride and a subversion of militaristic hero worship that tends to accompany that pride. It’s both a particle and a wave, depending on how you look at it.

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