Review: '1917' And Its Realism Brings You Into The Thick Of World War I

Movie Reviews
Kyle Brester
January 10, 2020
by Kyle Brester
1917
Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

1917 has been getting its praise through many awards circuits and it's rightfully deserving of it. Two young British soldiers named Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are assigned a dangerous mission to cross enemy lines in order to deliver a message to stop a deadly attack that will end up being a trap. It's a straightforward concept, but its execution from director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins makes sure you are gripping to your seat as you go on the dangerous mission with the soldiers.

Mendes and Deakins both understood that the "one-take" method was to allow the audience to become a part of the mission, allowing us to feel the pressures the characters face. It causes the story to feel both big and small. It feels like a big story due to seeing the big picture of war, yet it feels small as we see two ordinary men having to rise to the occasion. MacKay and Chapman bring these seemingly normal men to life and display a brilliant portrayal of brotherhood in simple conversations, and during action sequences that end up having you holding your breath.

By making everyone as one continuous shot, it allows the audiences to take in just how agonizing war can be. As we see the soldiers go on their journey, we see them pass by trenches filled with rats and blood, burning villages, and many dead bodies. There is a lot of attention to detail in order for the camera work to take in how the destruction that World War I had caused. There is no holding back, and I appreciate Mendes for that.

It's been a good while since we had a really great war film in general, but having a really great World War I film is almost unheard of lately. Luckily, Sam Mendes delivers an excellent war movie that is deserving of its awards buzz. Be sure to check out 1917 so you can understand just how great it is.
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1917 - Universal Pictures
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1917 - Universal Pictures
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