I just got done watching 1917 and thought I would share my review with our readers. The new film is Directed by Sam Mendes and is set during WW1 obviously. The plot is basic and I won’t go into it much because there is a a huge surprise about half way through.
Two British soldiers are sent by their commanding general to cross no man’s land to get an order to a prick of a Colonel who is dead set to make an attack on a position that he thinks is lightly held by retreating German troops. In reality this is a ruse by the Hun to lure them into a well prepared line as a trap. Of course the two set off and all manner of things of varying levels of awful happen.
Cinematography is excellent with some long takes that are excellent. The sound track does a good job at building tension and isn’t over done. Special effects are realistic but you can still see the hint of CGI if you look close enough. Nature of modern film making though and I doubt we will ever see a return to the good old days.
The movie does well to recreate the battlefield of WW1 but its still a little too sterile looking in my opinion. I think the director didn’t think the reality of what it looked like during the war would go over too well for modern audiences. The mud, dead bodies, the rot the water is there but no where as much as pictures and first hand accounts describe. There are some nice attention to detail in places though.
The differences in the trenches between the British and the Germans shown well. Above you can see the British trench. Below the main characters clear a German trench.
The quality of the German trenches by all accounts were much better made and it shows in the film.
Above is a freshly dug British position where the troops are about to go out into an attack.
One of the main characters starts to cross a blown bridge at a demolished town.
Above a British soldier crawls across bodies in a river.
The movies is not a a 2 hour long firefight but it is nonstop tension and danger. Not a very big variety of guns in it. The Enfield rifle of course, a Lewis gun scene in the distance in one scene, a Luger and some holstered Webleys are about it.
It’s a solid film. I give it a hard recommend.