It's not as though USA Today reviewer Brian Truitt hates Christopher Nolan's World War II epic "Dunkirk," which releases Thursday night and looks at the heroic evacuation of several hundred thousand Allied soldiers trapped and attacked by Nazis on a beach in France.
Far from it. In fact, Truitt gives "Dunkirk" 3½ stars out of four and calls it an "excellently crafted thriller."
"It’s less a movie and more a close encounter of the combative kind: You feel every bolt rattle in the cockpit of a dogfighting Spitfire, every stressful moment with the choice of drowning or surfacing in an oil fire, and every thought of certain doom for the infantrymen trapped on a beach when a bomb comes whizzing out of the sky," he writes in his review.
Truitt also praises the movie's cinematography, its "top-notch crew of English thespians" and musical score, courtesy of famed composer Hans Zimmer.
But in the last paragraph, Truitt drops in this phrase: "... the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way."
The brief critique is worded in such a way that it can't technically be viewed as the writer's opinion — but possibly the opinion of others.
Still, "only a couple of women and no lead actors of color"? Some folks who read the review couldn't help noticing the line, either.
"I don't need my movies to meet a certain skin color and genital quota for it to be entertaining," Braxton Wayne Deal commented. "Those who focus so much on race and gender I have true sympathy for. They're sick and need help.
"Your review is tripe and your opinion worthless. Rendered so by your imbecilic insistence on SJW historical revisionism. Any research on the topic, which you can be assured Nolan did, will reveal your Cultural Marxism is absurd. A pathetic stab at reinventing reality to your fantasy rainbow land. Rot."
Another commenter, Phillip Wilson, offered that Truitt's race-and-gender observation is a "moronic statement" and a "sad symptom of our race obsessed culture."
"There were no women or men of color because there was none involved in the operation at Dunkirk," Julie Catherine noted. "This reporter is an imbecile. Dunkirk really happened; it was not some Hollywood fantasy. I know it is hard for this reporter (or any for that matter) to understand self sacrifice for God and Country, but geez come on!"
(H/T: The Daily Wire)