- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A USA Today review of “Dunkirk” is under increased scrutiny from industry peers for warning viewers that it lacks women and minorities.

Social media ridicule followed the publishing of writer Brian Truitt’s reaction to director Christopher Nolan’s latest film, a World War II tale about Allied soldiers attempting to survive while pinned down by German adversaries. The columnist gave the film a glowing review while saying its lack of diversity “may rub some the wrong way.”

“The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way,” Mr. Truitt wrote Monday. “Still, Nolan’s feat is undeniable: He’s made an immersive war movie that celebrates the good of mankind while also making it clear that no victory is without sacrifice.”

Conservatives like National Review Online Editor Charles C.W. Cooke reacted with sarcasm and mockery.

“It was highly problematic that the British Expeditionary Force and the French army stranded such a monochrome crew,” Mr. Cooke tweeted Tuesday.

“USA Today’s Dunkirk review is officially as absurd as conservative parodies of the social justice crowd,” added The Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Grisworld.

The writer ultimately gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4.

“Hollywood is soon going to run out of genres for Christopher Nolan to redefine,” he wrote. “After tackling superheroes with his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy and blowing the minds of sci-fi fans with ‘Interstellar,’ the British writer/director puts his audience in the thick of war with the intense and excellently crafted thriller ‘Dunkirk.’”

The film, which stars Fionn Whitehead, Damien Bonnard, and Aneurin Barnard, will be released Friday.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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