Within the last 20 plus years, the film industry has released some remarkable war movies that have hit home, portraying as best as they can to show the audience (or maybe some of us civilians) that war is HELL. Personally, I feel that 1917 falls into another “masterpiece” war film to add to the list.
Sam Mendes, the director behind one of the best James Bond films, Skyfall and legendary cinematographer Roger Deakin bring 1917 to life in a way that hasn’t been seen before. A war film using the effect of one-shot method for nearly 2 hours and it is POWERFUL.
1917 takes height in the First World War. The movie follows two British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) who are given an impossible mission; cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on roughly 1600 soldiers and one of them happens to be Blake’s brother. On this journey, we experience the height of the war when we get a glance of how the soldiers look out over hills and trees trying to see if the enemy is out there. Let’s not neglect the dangers these soldiers encounter while trying to complete the mission.
The way the movie is filmed, it gave me the feeling that I was the third soldier on the trip with them and I felt like I was on the edge the whole time. There is one particular scene that stood out to me in the film that almost made me jump out of my seat, this is how impactful it was. My suggestions is that when you see this film, you need to see it in the best theater possible (audio and visual).
1917 is on my top 10 films of 2019 and it truly is a MUST SEE! I am actually planning to see it again, but this time in IMAX. 1917 gets a limited release on December 25th and nationwide on January 10th.