1917 (2019)

Director: Sam Mendes
Writer/s: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Starring: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, and more.


The Intro:
We are days before the Oscar nominations as well as knee deep in awards season. With the shorter than usual time until the Oscars, it is kind of funny how one of the award show top contenders has just now been released to the general public. That contender? Sam Mendes’ “1917”. Boasting a top notch director and a film supposedly full of technical wonder, I am happy to have officially gotten a chance to watch.

IMDB Summary:
“Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.”

The Oberrating:
I have to say, a lot of these war films as of late have been fantastic. My favorite that are quick to my memory have been “Hacksaw Ridge”, “Dunkirk”, and now “1917”. “1917” is absolutely stellar. Another film has now come into my mental library as a complete and well-rounded movie that hits home runs on each mark. Clearly with the focus on its cinematography and style, “1917” is a wonder of a movie. With its one-shot style for the film’s entirety, it is just simply incredible. Now, despite its filming style being the focus of praise, I can not ignore the other pros to “1917”. With a small cast, the two main characters, Blake and Schofield (Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay) are well fleshed out characters that made me really care for them despite a limited script. This is much to the credit of how impactful Sam Mendes and company made the interactions both characters had, really honest and revealing.

The endearing elements of this movie just keep going for me. Yet another amazing aspect of this film for me was its score. As the tracking camera went to new places with its characters, the score would gradually change up according to the tension or even simply just the emotion the characters would be experiencing in the film. All these different aspects of the film really took me into its world. I felt like I was taking every breath with the characters, rested in every lull in action, and felt frantic and desperate in every tense and aggressive moment. Movies that manage this kind of feeling as a viewer are films that become solidified as truly great for the history of film.

The Wrap-Up:
It is glaringly obvious I did not have anything negative to say. If I had to truly pick something, maybe the characters are too trusting but hey, it shows they are human, so what kind of a nit pick would that be? Quite unfair… “1917” is immaculate. As soon as it was over, my friend and I both were in agreement that we could sit through this film all over again because of how wonderful it was. For a movie I really did not know of until about a month or two ago, I am elated to say how incredible it is. Surely a front-runner for the Oscars and undoubtedly a film that is going into my favorite movie list. If you are a fan of war movies, but even beyond that, a dramatic and tension filled movie, you will definitely love it.

Other Takeaways:

  • Stop trusting them damn Germans!
  • Deakins is a God
  • Rewatching scenes and trailers give me goosebumps as I remember how I felt in every moment.
  • Several moments in this film have stuck out in my memory as some of the greatest still shots and impactful film moments I have ever seen.
  • “1917” starts and ends in the same exact way and, by God, I love this so much.

Rating: 5/5

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